The Working for Water Programme is a public-funded initiative aimed at controlling the spread of invasive alien plants within South Africa. It was initiated in 1995, by the then Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry, Prof. Kader Asmal, and has since grown to a dynamic programme with an annual budget of R480 million. Working for Water conserves our water resources and unique biodiversity, and aims to provide sustainable employment for approximately 15 000 of South Africa’s rural poor per annum.
The multi-faceted nature of the work that the Programme is involved in has given rise to focusing of research efforts in 6 areas, each of them concentrating on the role of invasive alien plants in relation to that focus area.
- Biological control
- Social development and
occupational health and safety
- Resource and development
This research symposium is aimed at highlighting ongoing research addressing these focus areas, whilst also eliciting responses from the broader research community in highlighting innovative approaches in dealing with the problem of alien invading plants.
Objectives of the symposium
- To encourage knowledge-sharing, integration, and innovation, by bringing together researchers from a range of disciplines;
- To allow researchers the opportunity to present their work to managers; and
- To allow managers the opportunity to provide inputs into the research
Who should attend?
- All researchers currently funded by the Working for Water
- All members of the Working for Water research review panels;
- Scientists, engineers and social scientists with an interest in the impacts and control of invasive alien plants;
- Managers in the working for Water programme, or any of its component implementing agencies;
- Land managers, in particular those in the fields of conservation, forestry, or agriculture; and
- Policy-makers from government, NGOs and the private sector.
Old Mutual Conference Centre,
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens,
HERE for registration form
Expressions of interest
Those interested in attending the symposium, or receiving further information, are requested to complete the attached from, and return it (by post, email or fax) to Mr Ahmed Khan at one of the following:
Private Bag X4390
Fax:+2721 405 7880/2
All respondents will be placed on the mailing list for further
communications and announcements.
Call for presentations
Each of the six research themes will be introduced by an invited keynote paper. Keynote papers will be delivered on invitation, by leading South African scientists from the relevant field. In addition, a number of papers (reporting on projects funded by Working for Water) will be presented. A limited number of slots are also available for other individuals or teams to present papers related to the research themes as stated above. Authors are asked to submit abstracts of their papers in electronic format. It is envisaged that a poster session will also be held during the symposium, and those submissions that cannot be accommodated as verbal presentations will be considered for this session.
Abstracts (not exceeding 500 words) should be sent to
Mr Ahmed Khan at the above email address for consideration.
Publication of papers
The Symposium Organising Committee has arranged for the six invited keynote papers to be published in a special issue of the South African Journal of Science. In addition, all abstracts reporting novel and substantial research that has neither been published nor already accepted for publication will be published in the special issue. In addition, authors wishing to publish full-length papers in this special issue can submit papers. These will be subject to the normal peer review process of the journal.
All papers will be in English.
Closing date for submissions of expressions of interest:
31 May 2003
Closing date for abstracts:
31 May 2003
Authors notified of acceptance of abstracts:
15 June 2003
Closing date for registration:
30 July 2003
A registration fee of R200 is payable. This will cover registration costs, teas and meals during the duration of the symposium.
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