National Biodiversity Stewardship Conference 2018

The 2nd National Biodiversity Stewardship Conference brought together over 100 delegates representing national, provincial and local government departments, community beneficiaries, non-governmental organisations and academic institutions to engage, to learn, to share their success stories and their challenges. The conference provided a platform for identifying emerging opportunities that can help to address the social and economic challenges of the country; and aims to enhance the implementation of biodiversity stewardship, unlocking its contribution to the country’s development agenda and promoting sustainable land use. Conservation, development and academic experts were convened to deliberate on mechanisms to bring about tangible benefits and secure financial solutions to the stewards of biodiversity.

Under the theme, ‘Sustainable land use for our shared future’, and in collaboration with various partners, the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) co-hosted this conference from 9 to 11 October 2018 at the Maropeng Boutique Hotel, near the Sterkfontein Caves.

The purpose of the conference:

  • To convene the National Biodiversity Stewardship community of practice
  • To explore opportunities between Biodiversity Stewardship and the Biodiversity Economy
  • To provide a platform for engagement on Biodiversity Stewardship, Land Reform and Community Conservation
  • To provide a platform to foster commitment to implementing the Land Reform and Biodiversity Stewardship Initiative
  • To build partnerships to support protected area expansion through Biodiversity Stewardship
  • To provide a platform to build commitment towards financial sustainability of protected area expansion
  • To investigate opportunities for the implementation of Biodiversity Stewardship in land reform sites in the Gauteng Province (and the country at large)


Presentations and resources shared over the three days can be accessed in the table below:

 Pam Kershaw  DEA  Biodiversity Stewardship contribution to Protected Area expansion targets
 Thabang Nyalo  GDARD  Linkages between rural development, land reform and Biodiversity Stewardship in Gauteng
 Dr Luthando Dziba  SANParks  Message from SANParks
 Xola Mkefe  DEA  Biodiversity Stewardship: Implementing the Wildlife Economy
 Simon Mafela  Tshivhula CPA  Tshivhula CPA
 Roland Vorwerk  DEA  Biodiversity Economy and Biodiversity Stewardship: Exploring collaboration opportunities
 Jacob Msibi  Mgundeni Traditional Council  Mgundeni Community
 Caiphus Khumalo  DEA  People and Parks opportunities for collaboration 
 Custan Malima  GDARD  Gauteng People and Parks
 Christina Seergers and Emily Taylor  GDARD and EWT  Gauteng Biodiversity Stewardship Programme 
 Greg Martindale  Conservation Outcomes  Biodiversity Stewardship on Land Reform Sites
 Nicky McLeod  Environmental Rural Solutions  Watershed Stewardship 
 Corle Jansen  Conservation South Africa  Community Stewardship
 Magezi Mhlanga  DRDLR  Land Reform and Biodiversity Stewardship
 Daniel Marnewick  BirdLife South Africa  Enhancing Biodiversity Stewardship in South Africa 
 Alex Marsh  SANBI  Resolutions and Resolve
 Greg Martindale  Conservation Outcomes  SANParks Park Expansion: Greater Kruger Processes
 Greg Martindale  Conservation Outcomes  Endowment Fund for Biodiversity Stewardship in KZN
 Flora Mokgohloa  DEA  Biodiversity Finance Initiative: Unlocking Opportunities for Biodiversity Stewardship Implementation
 Steve Collins  African Safari Foundation  Community Empowering Biodiversity Stewardship?
 Biodiversity Stewardship Achievements  SANBI  Biodiversity Stewardship achievement infographic 2017


Conference Proceedings

Conference Outcomes and Actions

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Conference Attendance Register