We are very proud that CTEET was a shortlisted nominee for the National Wetlands Awards. Sadly, we didn’t win but what fantastic recognition and acknowledgement of our work. Andrea Von Gunten, our Site Manager for the Muizenberg East Biodiversity Cluster went to Mpumalanga to present her work and represent CTEET. This is her account of her trip:

The National Wetlands Indaba is a cross-disciplinary gathering of practitioners involved with the conservation and sustainable utilization of South Africa’s wetland resources. These include scientists, decision-makers, researchers, conservationists and educators hailing from various organisations and Government departments. This year the Indaba was held at the Swadini Resort in Mpumalanga, from the 25th to the 28th of October 2016. The theme for this year’s Indaba was Forward together for the Sustainability of our Wetlands– adopted from the Ramsar theme for 2016.

I was fortunate enough to attend this year’s Indaba, having kindly gained sponsorship through CTEET and Soralia Village for my trip. Attended by nearly 200 delegates, the Wetlands Indaba is a great platform for sharing knowledge and networking with like-minded people in the industry.

I presented a poster on urban wetland management, showcasing one of my conservation sites, Soralia Village as an example and the importance of conservation partnerships within the Fynbos biome. The site forms a vital corridor connecting it to surrounding natural sites within the Muizenberg East area as well as the greater Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve. Survival of urban wetlands such as Soralia Village Conservation Area will depend on the correct management of these sites of which Soralia can be used as a working example of successful management of wetlands in an urban environment.

I am proud to have represented CTEET and create awareness for the projects we focus on as an organisation. CTEET is a very unique concept, ‘endemic’ to the Cape but should definitely be expanded to the rest of the country.