TOP AWARDS FOR PRIVATE
CONSERVATION IN GAUTENG
Wetland Award 2007
Best wetland Rehabilitation in a Gauteng Conservancy
Trophy donated by Hilton Butler
GOLD: ETWATWA SCOUT Conservancy
Etwatwa Scout Conservancy is making excellent progress in the face of rather difficult conditions (informal settlement) and we felt this needed to be highly commended. We particularly liked the involvement of the scouts and the emphasis on educating scholars in that area. A little more detailed information (annual report?) would enhance the application. As one of the sites mentioned which this Conservancy is trying to protect, has got a Ramsar status attached to it, their work in identifying the need for actively getting involved should be recognised and commended
SILVER: ELANDSVLEI CONSERVANCY
Elandsvlei Conservancy has been very creative in engaging conservancy members and the surrounding communities in the conservancy and have carried out a number of projects adding value to the conservancy as a whole. Their ongoing commitment and dedication to conserving their wetlands is evident!
BRONZE: SANDPAN CONSERVANCY
Sandpan Conservancy is another rather new conservancy which is putting huge efforts into upgrading their conservancy and improving the quality of the wetlands as well as additional projects specifically targeting the protection of bullfrogs.
Biodiversity Award 2007
Best Biodiversity practice in a Gauteng Conservancy
Trophy Sponsored by the Endangered Wildlife Trust EWT
GOLD: Thorntree Conservancy
Thorntree Conservancy is doing a great job of addressing a great variety of issues within their conservancy simultaneously. These cover biophysical, social/cultural and economic enhancement of their immediate area, by trying to sustain the balance, in addressing larger pressures rather than focussing on one species. In such a way, GCA 037 adds much more value too advocating what conservancies ultimately are all about. Wise management, care and protection of the land which has been entrusted to you for the present and future generation’s usage and enjoyment.
SILVER: cuLLINAN Conservancy
Cullinan Conservancy a very close second place to Thorntree Conservancy. Many very commendable projects on a variety of biodiversity issues and forward-thinking initiatives to protect and enhance biodiversity.
BRONZE:Smuts Farm Conservancy
Smuts Farm Conservancy is doing great work in a very urban environment. There is a cross-cutting theme of biodiversity protection of a sensitive and hugely threatened ecosystem and various specific species known to this type of system, as well as providing the balance with the biophysical with the protection of the historical buildings
Meerkat Award 2007
Best General practice in a Gauteng Conservancy
GOLD: TSWELOPELLE CONSERVANCY
Tswelopelle Conservancy is a very new addition with lots of great ideas and enthusiasm. A variety of ideas have already been implemented and we liked the very hands-on approach. We hope to see this conservancy grow quickly and effectively. In relation to other more established conservancies, we believe that GCA 052 will become an effective player in the field and we hope to encourage the enthusiasm shown by awarding this conservancy first place.
SILVER: RHENOSTERSPRUIT CONCSERVANCY
Rhenosterspruit Conservancy is a very well-rounded Gauteng Conservancy which has established itself as an important player on both local, provincial and national level. They have taken on the much larger topics and moved from just looking after their conservancy to trying to influence higher level players.
BRONZE: CULLINAN AND THORNTREE CONSERVANCY
§ Joint Third Place: GCA 009 and GCA 037()
Both Cullinan and Thorntree Conservancy show a great variety of projects involving the surrounding communities as well as some projects aimed at children. We could not put one ahead of the other as both are deserving of a third place.
Special Commendations 2007
Thorntree Conservancy applied for all three awards and is a very strong candidate in all. However, in comparing it to the other candidates in the Wetlands catergory, we felt they were at a distinct advantage as an already established conservancy and therefore set the criteria at a higher standard for this GCA. We would like to commend their continued vigilance in protecting their wetlands, as demonstrated in the toxic waste incident described.
Kathstan School Conservancy
GCA 050: We particularly liked the idea of a school conservancy as a unique approach to environmental education and more specifically wetlands – involvement of children from the start, giving them direct responsibility for their environment. You should be very proud of the fact that you are the very first School Conservancy in Gauteng and we hope to see a lot of other schools follow in your footsteps. Great Work!!
Award winners 2006