ABI hosts its first annual general meeting


ABI will hold its first annual general meeting on Wednesday 28 August. ABI partners are invited to join the meeting, where the impacts of invasive alien plants on the Agulhas Plain will be discussed, along with the establishment of a Sustainable Resource Management District Committee in the Overberg.


ABI’s second phase launched in June last year. This ensured that the partnership between private land users, government departments and conservation groups built up over the first phase (between 2003 and 2010) could be carried forward. ABI is a platform that allows partners to meet, share information and become empowered, to better perform their own activities.


The annual general meeting will be ABI’s first as a voluntary association. Here the ABI Steering Committee and Coordination Unit will report back on activities over the past year. Various funding successes will also be highlighted, including the launch of the ABI Alien Clearing Project, funded by the Department of Environmental Affairs through their ‘Land User Incentive Scheme’. The ABI Small Grants Facility, funded by the Table Mountain Fund (an associated Trust of WWF-South Africa), will also feature.


The meeting will host an expert on invasive alien plants, specifically in the Agulhas Plain region. David le Maitre of the CSIR, who has done extensive research on the economics and impacts of invasive aliens,

will present his views at the event.


Francis Steyn, Head of LandCare in the Western Cape will also offer information on the new Sustainable Resource Management District Committee to be established in the Overberg. These structures will see land users, conservationists and government working closely together for good land management on private land.


The ABI AGM takes place in Bredasdorp. For more information, email: info@agulhasbiodiversity.co.za

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