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Van Wyksdorp - Klein Karoo South Africa | 2013 (1)

Publication Date : 2013-08-25
Author/s : Vernon Gibbs-Halls


Pieter Coetzee of Vanwyksdorp Wins CapeNature Award

Twenty one individuals and institutions recently received awards for their outstanding contribution to the maintenance of biodiversity in Eden.The annual Gouritz cluster biosphere reserve awards were handed over at a gala dinner at the Garden Route Game Lodge near Albertinia on Tuesday, 30 October

ALBERTINIA NEWS – Twenty one individuals and institutions recently received awards for their outstanding contribution to the maintenance of biodiversity in Eden.The annual Gouritz Cluster Biosphere reserve awards were handed over at a gala dinner at the Garden Route Game Lodge near Albertinia on Tuesday, 30 October. Pieter Coetzee, farmer and businessman of Van Wyksdorp received the award for the most outstanding individual.Coetzee recently donated a bus shelter to the people of Van Wyksdorp. Lorraine McGibbon,representative of the Wildlife and Environment Society of South-Africa (WESSA), received an award for her tireless work in establishing and maintaining international standards at a growing number of eco schools in Eden. Steff Strydom and colleague received awards for the re-establishment of Spekboom in the Groenefontein area of the Karoo. This species is unique in its quality as a CO2 equaliser.Willem Roodman of Hessequa municipality, Anna Saaiman, Maria Williams and Esbe Williams, who are involved in the eradication of alien species in the Stilbaai area, Ladismith High School,Kruisrivier Primary School, Aiden Beck of the Oyster Bay Reserve, contractors who work with CapeNaure to do alien eradication, Beverley Boer of Mosselbay Environmental Partnership, Nick Scholtz of Lower Breede River Conservancy, Robert den Drijwer of Oudtshoorn Municipality parks department, Roland Scholtz of Fransmanshoek Conservancy, Warren Manual of Mosselbay municipality and Shagon Carelse of Hessequa municipality all received awards for their excellent contribution to the well being of the biosphere.Guest speaker Dr. Kas Hamman, acting CEO of CapeNature, said alien vegetation and runaway veldfires, as well as the loss of water from catchments area to the coast posed the biggest threat to biodiversity. He said estuaries, an important nursery for many species and recreation area for humans could only be managed with the help of partners, such as those who were honoured and thanked for their efforts by the awards. "A Biodiversity corridor is one way of mitigating the influence of these factors in a small way. It must cooperate, otherwise we will not win the battle,"he said. Partnerships were of the essence to promote and invest in protected areas, as more than 80percent of rare and endangered plants and animals occurred outside protected areas. "We have to plant together for success and to move forward. Most important is education. Children and adults alike need to be informed." Vernon Gibbs-Halls of Eden Municipality acted as master of ceremonies and learners from TM Ndanda School in Mosselbay entertained guests with their ethnic dances.

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Pieter Coetzee, Conservation Award, Gouritz Biosphere Reserve

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KINGDOM / PHYLUM
Animalia, phylum Arthropoda
CLASS / ORDER / SUB ORDER
class Insecta
order Lepidoptera
Heterocera Rhopalocera
SUPERFAMILIES
Hesperioidea Hedyloidea Papilionoidea
Papilionidae, Pieridae, Lycaenidae, Riodinidae, and Nymphalidae
AUTHOR / COPYRIGHT
Author : James Smith
Photography : Dean Jones
Video : Malcolm Johnson
Copyright John Smith

 

ingdom Animalia, phylum Arthropoda, class Insecta, and order Lepidoptera. Generally, the order Lepidoptera is broken down into two sub-orders: Heterocera (the “varied-antennaed” moths) and the “club-antennaed” Rhopalocera, the sub-order to which the butterflies belong. The Rhopalocera sub-order includes 3 superfamilies: The true butterfly superfamily contains 5 families of butterflies: Papilionidae, Pieridae, Lycaenidae, Riodinidae, and Nymphalidae.

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