Western Cape to host national Landcare Conference

By Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities:

The Western Cape will next week host the national Landcare Conference, with a focus on protecting natural resources and showcasing the province’s most sustainable agricultural projects.

Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, will address the delegates during the conference, which is presented by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture.

The conference takes place at Elsenburg between 7 and 11 September. Minister Winde will address the delegates on 9 September.

The programme will include site visits to projects in the Southern Cape, Moorreesburg, Riviersonderend, Paarl and Stellenbosch.

The conference theme is :“LandCare: We Care: Asijiki (meaning way forward)” The aim of the conference is to increase awareness and capacity building to promote sustainable development and especially the protection of natural resources.

LandCare is a national movement aimed at restoring sustainability to land and water management in both rural and urban areas. It encompasses integrated sustainable natural resource management where the primary causes of natural resources decline are recognised and addressed.  LandCare is community-based and community-led and seeks to achieve sustainable livelihoods through capacity building and related strategies.

 

Delegates will be able to attend the following sessions:

7 September 2015: Field visits to the Southern Cape

Field day: LandCare Projects

Conservation Agriculture Farm Visits

 

8 September 2015: Field visits to the West Coast

Field day: LandCare Projects

Conservation Agriculture Farm Visits

 

9 September 2015

Landcare Conference Workshops and Presentations: Percheron Hall Elsenburg

Junior LandCare Conference: Elsenburg

Conservation Agriculture: SKOG DAG; Langgewens Research Farm

Launch of the Green Portal

 

10 September 2015: Field visits to the Cape Winelands

Field day: LandCare Projects

Junior LandCare Projects

Conservation Agriculture Conference Workshops and Presentations – Percheron Hall Elsenburg

Gala Dinner Event: Percheron Hall, Elsenburg

11 September 2015: Percheron Hall, Elsenburg

Conference report back on all field days, Junior LandCare and Conservation Agriculture activities of the week.

For queries relating to the conference, kindly contact:

Francis Steyn

Manager of Landcare

Western Cape Department of Agriculture

Tel: (021) 808 5090

Cell: 0829072813