IX Meeting of the World Network of
Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves
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Sunday, 15 September
Arrivals at George airport (GRJ) and transfers to hotel. Registration and check in on arrival
18:00 Dinner
 
Monday, 16 September
08:00 Welcome by Mr Willem Botha, Chairman of the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve (GCBR)
08:15 Address by Mr Vongani Maringa, Assistant Director: Protected Areas Multilateral Programmes, Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa
08:25 Addresses by representatives from UNESCO MAB, MAB National Committee of Spain, Menorca Secretariat, MAB National Committee of Republic of Korea and Jeju Special Self-Governing Province
08:45 Address by Dr Miguel Clüsener-Godt, Director: Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences - UNESCO
09:30 Presentation by guest speaker Dr Enrico Gennari, Director of Research – Oceans Research Institute
10:00 Introduction of session chairperson
10:15 Presentations by delegates
12:45 Lunch
14:30 Visit through and around Gourikwa Reserve with Dr Jan De Vynck, Fellow at the African Centre for Coastal Palaeoscience (ACCP) - Nelson Mandela University – “Discovering pre-historic useful plants and coastal resources”
17:00 Sundowners at scenic lookout point
19:00 Dinner experience: incorporating certain indigenous edible plants into the food, together with wine tasting by Jakkalsvlei Wines at Gourikwa Reserve
 
Tuesday, 17 September
9.00 Presentation by the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve with Wendy Crane and Luami Zondagh
9:30 Introduction of session chairperson
9:45 Presentations by delegates
12:45 Lunch
13:30 Transfer to field visit
15:00 Goukou Resilient River Project with Rita Botha and Kezia Botes
19:00 Dinner and evening entertainment with PG Engelbrecht
 
Wednesday, 18 September
08:30 Presentation by guest speaker Dr Peter Nilssen, Archaeologist and Specialist Heritage Practitioner
09:00 Introduction of session chairperson
09:15 Presentations by delegates 
11:00 Working session on the Zero Plastic Working Group
11:30 The Fund-in-Trust Steering Committee meeting with UNESCO MAB and Joint Secretariats only [breakaway room]
11:45 Lunch for delegates
12:45 Transfer to Garden Route Game Reserve, Albertinia
14:00 Game drive with drinks and snacks
16:00 At leisure (guided tour of the property - reptile centre and skull garden. Own activities –swimming pool, water hole, bird walk)
18:30 Boma braai dinner
 
Thursday, 19 September
08:00 Address by Executive Mayor, Councillor Grant Riddles, Hessequa Local Municipality, Western Cape
08:30 Participatory process: working plan of the WNICBR (2018-2022)
10:00 Coffee break
10:00 UNESCO and Joint Secretariat formalities: newly incorporated member and closing session with UNESCO, Jeju, Menorca, Spain and Republic of Korea only (breakaway room)
10:30 Closing session by UNESCO and Joint Secretariat
11:00 Transfer to field visit
12:30 Visits in Stilbaai with Dr Jan De Vynck – “Pre-historic technologies, symbolism and creative expression: how we became us”
14:00 Lunch at The Press Room
15:30 Gin tasting at Inverroche
19:00 Dinner and evening entertainment – a musical delight with Ronan Skillen and Shaun Johannes
 
Friday, 20 September
06:30 First airport transfers
10:00 Second airport transfers
10:30 Coffee break
12:00 Lunch
14:00 Third airport transfers



 

 
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