ABI rewarded for C.A.P.E. commitment
The Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative (ABI) has become a signatory partner to the Cape Action for People and the Environment (C.A.P.E.) programme. ABI representative Maarten Groos of Farm 215 collected the certificate at a breakfast at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in June.
In February this year, C.A.P.E. announced that it was to amend its Memorandum of Understanding to allow broader participation in its programme. As a result, ABI was invited to become a signatory member. Previously only government departments and conservation groups like World Wide Fund for Nature (South Africa) and Conservation International were signatories.
According to Lesley Richardson, ABI interim coordinator, ABI has been a partner of C.A.P.E. since its launch around a decade ago. “We have travelled along the same road, learning and sharing lessons over the past 10 years with the broader C.A.P.E. community. Partners in ABI will greatly value this opportunity to serve as a signatory member, and to be even closer to the C.A.P.E. process in future.”
Tanya Abrahamse, CEO of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), which hosts the C.A.P.E. programme, said the partnership has shown its value. “The first ten years of the CAPE Partnership have demonstrated the immense contribution biodiversity can make to socio economic development, and how, by working in partnership, we can deliver positive conservation outcomes for the benefit of all the people of the region.”
CAPE is a 20-year partnership aimed at conserving and restoring the biodiversity of the Cape Floristic Region and the adjacent marine environment, while delivering significant benefits to the people of the region.