Enhancing Science Applications of BioSCape | May 22-26, 2023
Western Cape, South Africa
This workshop discussed the specific needs of practitioners (data users and decision-makers) to enhance the real-world application of data products and scientific results from BioSCape. The conversation featured the BioSCape science team (USA and SA) and practitioners. We focused on relationship-building, networking, science communication, value creation, and benefit sharing. We also had an open space for reflection and planning. Various governmental and non-governmental SA stakeholders joined us in cultivating enduring multi-stakeholder partnerships within the Greater Cape Floristic Region. We encouraged knowledge exchange while uncovering synergistic and collaborative opportunities during BioSCape and into its future. For more information about the research and technology, please visit the ARSET webinar series.
Below are the slides from the workshop. Click the image to view PDF.
What is BioSCape?
We had three field trip itinerary options that participants were able to choose from. Here are their summaries:
Itinerary 1: Coastal Ecosystems and Penguins
The first stop was Kleinmond coastal and lagoon ecosystems. Depending on time, this group had lunch around Kleinmond or at the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens. Later in the afternoon, the group moved on to Stony Point Nature Reserve to see the penguin colony, where they heard about the Mooi Uitsig Community Trust and CapeNature’s journey with the community and associated socio-economic benefits.
Itinerary 2: Penguins and Botanical Gardens
This group started the day at Stony Point Nature Reserve to see the penguin colony and hear about the Mooi Uitsig Community Trust and CapeNature’s journey with the community and associated socio-economic benefits. The next stop was Harold Porter Botanical Gardens for lunch followed by a guided tour of the gardens. There was an optional opportunity for a walk up the mountain or to a waterfall after the tour (depending on time and interest).
Itinerary 3: River Valley Hike and Penguins
This group spent the day hiking along the Palmiet river in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, and they had lunch on the hike. On the way back to the hotel, they stopped for a quick visit to the Stony Point Nature Reserve to see the penguin colony.
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