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WESSA learnership project to receive funding following marketplace

WESSA learnership project to receive funding following marketplace

The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA Western Cape) has been awarded a grant for its Learning to be Custodians project by the DG Murray Trust, as a direct result of the successful CAPE/SKEP Conservation Marketplace held on 12 May 2009.

The project concept was one of more than 200 project concept submissions made to the CAPE and SKEP Coordination units in response to the Marketplace call for proposals. Later, following the Marketplace event, it was identified by the DG Murray Trust as a project to be supported.

The project will aim to add trained, accredited and experienced capacity to the biodiversity conservation sector in the Western Cape. It will provide ten historically disadvantaged youths from the Fynbos and Succulent Karoo Biomes with biodiversity-focused learnerships. Each of the learnerships will be sponsored by a local institution/organisation involved in biodiversity conservation, which will benefit from the additional capacity to undertake their conservation work.

At the end of the learnership, which will take the form of an accredited course, youths will be certified with a Level 5 qualification in environmental education and training and will have developed the skills to raise awareness around and educate others about biodiversity conservation. It is envisaged that they will then go on to develop careers in the biodiversity conservation/environment field.

The DG Murray Trust has agreed to cover 50% of projects costs and these funds will be utilised to further leverage funds from the public and private sectors.

For more information on the project, contact Patrick Dowling on For more information on the DG Murray Trust, visit

Posted: 11/17/2009 (3:03:20 AM)

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