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CAP raises awareness about climate change and biodiversity at local events

Over the last month, the CAP secretariat in conjunction with partner organizations have been involved in a few awareness raising campaigns in Cape Town – in particular the Kirstenbosch Biodiversity Expo and the Live Earth Run for Water at Spier Wine Estate. In addition to raising awareness about CAP in the general public, these events are valuable in that it exposed the face of CAP in the conservation sector where NGOs, local government and academic institutions are working together. We are also able to promote the partnership to stakeholders, who have an influence in the policy environment. Arising from the success of these events, we will continue to highlight the value of the partnership, and are open to opportunities of doing so in other parts of the country where CAP partners are working.



Dow Live Earth Run for Water (17-18 April 2010)

Over the past weekend CAP participated in the Dow Live Earth Run for Water event hosted by the Wildlands Conservation Trust at the Spier Wine Estate in Cape Town. The two day event was part of a global initiative whereby people in over 22 countries around the world were joining together to form a collective voice to raise awareness about water scarcity, the management of water and the inequalities in accessibility to water quality and quantity. This important was an important forum to highlight the impacts of climate change is having on water scarcity in South Africa, which ties well into CAP’s focus of messaging of climate change and ecosystem services for the first segment of 2010. This information was communicated in 2 factsheets on these issues, a water fact sheet and ecosystem based adaptation one both explaining what CAP partners are doing to encourage a water-secure future for South Africa. These fact sheets have been sent to you today. With musical performances of Mango Groove and the Parlotones, a mountain bicycle race and a Run for Water event symbolizing the distance of 6km which the average distance many women and children walk to get water daily, the event was a great success and much fun. Needless to say Sarshen Marais, CAP coordinator, was a proud ambassador of the partnership coming first in the woman’s league of the race!



Biodiversity Expo (25-28 March 2010)

On the 25th to the 28th of March, we participated in the Biodiversity Exposition which was hosted by SANBI at the Old Mutual Conference Centre at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The CAP secretariat collaborated with WESSA Western Cape, Eco-Schools, EWT and Green Choice (WWF and CI). Having a joint stand represents how we are working together as a partnership and how our work interlinks.

The event was attended by scholars from schools in the province, sports clubs, scout packs, university students and interested adults. On the Sunday there was also program which catered for VIPs. Many people calculated their carbon footprint which is available on the CAP website, and made suggestions and gave flyers and posters informing people how they can reduce their footprint. Other activities at the stand included a tree of hope where children could pledge to the environment and stand a chance to win a yellow wood tree for their school, a questionnaire designed by EWT that asked people to find out basic information of all the partners and our projects, a competition to win a subscription for WESSA’s EnviroKids magazine, and teachers could sign up to join the Eco-Schools progamme. Green Choice displayed their sustainably produced products, such as rooibos tea, honey and wine, a slideshow running throughout the Expo which included a visual display of the work of the CAP projects, and other projects of WESSA, CI and EWT, and books on climate change written by South African authors, Bending the curve (Ed. Robert Zipplies) and Fire Dogs of climate change (Sally Andrews), were on sale. The Expo also coincided with Earth Hour which is lead by the CAP partner, WWF.

Along with the many vibrant and interactive stands of NGOs, universities, the City of Cape Town, SANBI and other institutions, art, music and the performing arts were used as tools to communicate the message of environmental sustainable practice. A noteworthly mentioned should be made of Vernon Barnard, who performed his musical set at the event, which supported CAP in promoting its messaging of climate change and the links with biodiversity in a creative way.

Thank you to all those involved in working with CAP in these events and the continuous contribution we are making as a collective.



Click the image to enlarge: Di Marais, Sarshen Marais and Jessica Thorn
Di Marais, Sarshen Marais and Jessica Thorn
Click the image to enlarge: Dow exhibit
Dow exhibit
Click the image to enlarge: CAP partner WESSA, displaying a rain water harvesting tank
CAP partner WESSA, displaying a rain water harvesting tank
Click the image to enlarge: Calculating a participants carbon footprint
Calculating a participants carbon footprint
Click the image to enlarge: Our stand cohosted by CAP, and local partners WESSA and EWT
Our stand cohosted by CAP, and local partners WESSA and EWT
Click the image to enlarge: Jessica calculating a womans carbon footprint
Jessica calculating a womans carbon footprint
Click the image to enlarge: Presentations
Presentations
Posted: 4/23/2010 (5:10:11 AM)

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