National Wetlands Indaba, Goudini Spa, Worcester, Western Cape, 20 - 23 October 2015

Final Programme

 

Contributions in kind received from: Breede-Gouritz CMA; Cape Nature; Dept. Water & Sanitation; Goudini Spa; SANBI and Woolworths

 

Current as of Fri 16 Sep 2016.

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In order for an efficient and enjoyable Indaba to take place, please note that times as listed in the programme will be strictly adhered to.

Please ensure that you know where the various venues are located as parallel sessions will be in operation.

 

Tuesday 20 October

08:30

Registration Opens, Tea & Coffee on Arrival

All

08:30 - 09:30

SA Wetland Society Board of Trustees Meeting

Board Members Only

Session 1

Boland

10:00 - 12:30

Opening Session - Welcome, Opening Address and Keynote Presentation (Chair - M Rountree)

All

1.1

10:00 - 10:10

Welcome from the chair of the SA Wetland Society and from the Organising Committee

PL Grundling

M Rountree

1.2

10:10 - 10:40

Opening address from the Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development, Western Cape

A Bredell

1.3

10:40 - 11:00

Welcome from the Breede-Gouritz Catchment Management Agency

TBA

1.4

11:00 - 11:45

Keynote Presentation - Looking back: A century of wetland research

J Day

1.5

11:45 - 12:00

The release of additional water for economic development and to maintain the ecological reserve, regionally and in the Cape Town Metropolitan Area through the clearing of alien vegetation in the Upper Berg Catchment, in South Africa

A Horn

1.6

12:00 - 12:15

A failure of legislation: the attempts of a private landowner to enact NEMA and the National Water Act for the protection of river ecosystems

R Butt

1.7

12:15 - 12:30

Discussion & Questions

All

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

All

Session 2

13:30 - 15:00

Parallel Session

All

Hanepoort

Urban and Constructed Wetlands (Chair - L Day)

Boland

Wetland Biodiversity (Chair - D Schael)

2.1a

13:30 - 13:45

Cape Town's stormwater management programme - A focus on wetland maintenance activities

C Haskins

2.1b

13:30 - 13:45

Vegetation community structure in seep wetlands of the south-western Cape - links to environmental variables

J Ewart-Smith

2.2a

13:45 - 14:00

Saving impacted urban wetlands. "Wetlands for our future"

P Fairall

2.2b

13:45 - 14:00

Phantom wetlands: ephemeral wetlands of the NMMU Nature Reserve

P Gama

2.3a

14:00 - 14:15

Design, construction and effectiveness of a surface flow artificial wetland for the treatment of farm dairy effluent: A case study in the Eastern Cape, South Africa

R Silbernagl

2.3b

14:00 - 14:15

The growth response patterns of ephemeral wetland microalgae to environmental condition

S Mazwane

2.4a

14:15 - 14:30

The extent to which artificial ponds in the Western Cape are of conservation value for dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata)

P Frenzel

2.4b

14:15 - 14:30

The ecology and response patterns of microinvertebrates and microalgae to the environmental conditions following inundation of ephemeral wetland sediments

R Weitz

2.5a

14:30 - 14:45

Wetlands and agriculture: The Vergenoegd water bird habitat and water conservation project

S Altern

2.5b

14:30 - 14:45

What the flux? The in's and out's of ephemeral wetland development

J Lategan

2.6a

14:45 - 15:00

Discussion & Questions

2.6b

14:45 - 15:00

Discussion & Questions

15:00 - 15:30

Tea

All

Session 3

Boland

15:30 - 17:00

Provincial Wetland Forums Report Back - 10 min each (Chair - PL Grundling)

All

3.1

15:30 - 15:40

Eastern Cape Wetland Forum (ECWF)

TBA

3.2

15:40 - 15:50

Free State & Nortern Cape Wetland Forum (FS&NCWF)

TBA

3.3

15:50 - 16:00

Gauteng Wetland Forum

B Mashau

3.4

16:00 - 16:10

KwaZulu-Natal Wetland Forums (KZNWF)

TBA

3.5

16:10 - 16:20

Limpopo Wetland Forum (LWF)

P-L Grundling

3.6

16:20 - 16:30

Mpumalanga Wetland Forum (MWF)

A Beetge

3.7

16:30 - 16:40

North West Wetland Forum (NWWF)

E Munzhedzi

3.8

16:40 - 16:50

Southern Cape Wetland Forum (SCWF)

TBA

3.9

16:50 - 17:00

Western Cape Wetland Forum (WCWF)

M Rountree

Session 4

Boland

17:00 - 19:00

Poster Presentations / Viewing & Wine Tasting (Chair - D Ollis)

All

4.1

Active restoration around storm water retention ponds to displace Typha capensis and increase biodiversity

R Burns

4.2

The effects of herbicides on soil functioning and microbial structure in fynbos riparian zones

L Cogill

4.3

Assessing the effect of global climate change on native and alien fish in the Cape Floristic Region

H Dallas

4.4

Introduction to the Wetlands in Drylands Research Network

M Grenfell

4.5

Predicting foliar nutrient stocks of invasive acacia trees in Western Cape riparian zones

R Juba

4.6

Wetlands and upper mountain head streams associated with the source zone of the escarpment edge at God?s Window, Mpumalanga

W Lubbe

4.7

The effect of slash pile burning of Eucalyptus spp biomass on selected soil properties in the Western Cape riparian zones

T Maubane

4.8

Verlorenvlei Protected Areas Project

S Schroder

4.9

Understanding of the effect of fire scars on microbial diversity in riparian zones of the Fynbos region

R Smart

4.10

Pre-rehabilitation assessment of an urban wetland: The story of Pond 6, Port Elizabeth

A Tuswa

4.11

The effects of herbicides used in alien invasive control on the soil microbial communities of riparian zones

A van Wyk

4.12

The hydrodynamic characteristics of erosional head-cuts in Palmiet (Prionium serratum) wetlands along the Kromme River

A Williams

4.13

The important bird and biodiversity areas program in the Western Cape Province, South Africa: translating knowledge into action across the regional network

D Wright

19:30

Dinner

All

 

Wednesday 21 October

07:00 - 08:30

Breakfast & Registration

All

Session 5

Boland

08:30 - 10:00

Keynote & Plenary Presentation Session - Wetland Origins, Drivers & Dynamics (Chair - D Kotze)

All

5.1

08:30 - 09:15

Keynote Presentation - 10 reasons why the geomorphology of wetlands is important

F Ellery

5.2

09:15 - 09:30

Source-to-sink evaluation of wetland ecosystem services in the post-fire Silvermine River catchment, Cape Town

M Grenfell

5.3

09:30 - 09:45

South African mires: Storing peat or stoking climate change fires?

PL Grundling

5.4

09:45 - 10:00

Discussion & Questions

All

Session 6

10:00 - 11:15

Parallel Session

All

Boland

Wetland Origins, Drivers & Dynamics (Chair - F Ellery

Hanepoort

Impacts on Wetlands & Wetland Management (Chair - H Malan)

6.1a

10:00 - 10:15

The origin and hydrogeomorphic dynamics of palmiet wetlands using the Kompanjiesdrif basin of the Kromrivier wetland as a case study

J Lagesse

6.1b

10:00 - 10:15

A framework for managing wetlands on Eskom property

S Mitchell

6.2a

10:15 - 10:30

Does palmiet control fluvial form and promote diffuse flow in steep-sided valleys of the Cape Fold Mountains?

A Barclay

6.2b

10:15 - 10:30

Impacts of sugarcane farming on coastal wetlands of the north coast of Zululand, Kwadukuza, South Africa

M Matavire

6.3a

10:30 - 10:45

An analysis of flood activity over the last two centuries based on the sedimentary deposits in the Mfolozi floodplain

C Mbao

6.3b

10:30 - 10:45

Integrating and maintaining the ecological integrity of wetlands in development activities and layouts

M Fredericks

6.4a

10:45 - 11:15

Discussion & Questions

6.4b

10:45 - 11:00

Capacity in government to manage inland waters from an ecological perspective

D Impson

6.5b

11:00 - 11:15

Discussion & Questions

11:15 - 11:30

Tea

All

Session 7

11:30 - 13:00

Parallel Session

All

Boland

Wetland Origins, Drivers & Dynamics (Chair - P Gama)

Hanepoort

Wetland Plants, Climate & Climate Change (Chair - P Huntley)

7.1a

11:30 - 11:45

Hydrodynamic modelling of flow characteristics associated with natural valley confinement: a case study of the Kompanjiesdrif Basin of the Kromrivier wetland, Eastern Cape, South Africa

P Schlegel

7.1b

11:30 - 11:45

Rising tides in estuarine wetlands: using an integrated GIS modelling approach to investigate the impact of climate change

S Grenfell

7.2a

11:45 - 12:00

Long-term hydrology of the wetlands in Weatherley

A Stolk

7.2b

11:45 - 12:00

Climate change adaptation in the City of Beira, Mozambique - Revival of the Rio Chiveve

K Snaddon

7.3a

12:00 - 12:15

Drivers for the occurrence of peatlands in South Africa

C van Huyssteen

7.3b

12:00 - 12:15

An overview of wetland plant species of South Africa: the importance of wetlands for the conservation of biodiversity

E Sieben

7.4a

12:15 - 13:00

Discussion & Questions

7.4b

12:15 - 12:30

Correlation between plant functional types and climatic variables in wetlands along an aridity gradient across the Highveld of South Africa

S Mofutsanyana

7.5b

12:30 - 13:00

Discussion & Questions

13:00

Collect Packed Lunches & Depart on Fieldtrips

All

17:30 - 19:00

Boland

SA Wetland Society 4th AGM

Society Members / All

19:30

Dinner

All

 

Thursday 22 October

07:00 - 08:30

Breakfast & Registration

All

Session 8

Boland

08:30 - 09:45

Keynote & Plenary Presentation Session - Wetland Origins, Drivers & Dynamics (Chair - K Snaddon)

All

8.1

08:30 - 09:10

Keynote Presentation - Unpacking myths about groundwater and wetlands

R Parsons

8.2

09:10 - 09:45

Keynote Presentation - Working for Water Programme

G Preston

Session 9

09:45 - 11:10

Parallel Session

All

Boland

Wetland Biodiversity (Chair - A Grundling)

Hanepoort

People & Wetlands (Chair - G Isaacs)

9.1a

09:45 - 10:00

A conservation plan for one of the rarest wetland damselflies in the world

C Deacon

9.1b

09:45 - 10:00

Municipalities and wetland management. Introducing the Local Action for Biodiversity: Wetlands South Africa project

L Metcalfe

9.2a

10:00 - 10:15

Macroinvertebrate biodiversity of selected floodplain pans located on the Phongolo River floodplain

L de Necker

9.2b

10:00 - 10:15

Comparative analysis of stakeholders' perspectives on the economic valuation of wetland water in South Africa: a research proposal

T Masilela

9.3a

10:15 - 10:30

Macroinvertebrate diversity within the Makuleke Wetlands in the Pafuri region of the Kruger Park

K Dyamond

9.3b

10:15 - 10:30

Can citizen science play a role in wetland assessment and management?

K Mahood

9.4a

10:30 - 10:45

The revised National Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Directory and first IBA Status and Trends Report for South Africa

D Wright

9.4b

10:30 - 10:45

Wetland training courses and continuing professional development in the wetland community of practice

D Ollis

9.5a

10:45 - 11:00

Wetland soil properties conducive to the aestivation of Rift Valley fever infected Aedes mosquitoes in central South Africa

M Verster

9.5b

10:45 - 11:00

The effective use of gabions in a wetland

C Snyman

9.6a

11:00 - 11:10

Discussion & Questions

9.6b

11:00 - 11:10

Discussion & Questions

11:10 - 11:30

Tea

All

Session 10

11:30 - 13:00

Parallel Session & Workshop

All

Boland

Wetland Rehabilitation (Chair - H Niewoudt)

Hanepoort

Workshop

10.1a

11:30 - 11:45

A rehabilitation guideline for South African rivers

M Rountree

10.1b

11:30 - 13:00

Workshop 1

SANBI Wetland Mapping

N Mbona

 

10.2a

11:45 - 12:00

A technical manual for undertaking river rehabilitation initiatives

H King

10.3a

12:00 - 12:15

Case studies of river rehabilitation: examples of successes and constraints to river rehabilitation in South Africa

L Day

10.4a

12:15 - 12:30

Investing in our banks for the future - case study of riparian rehabilitation in the Berg and Breede catchments

J Mingo

10.5a

12:30 - 12:45

Restoration of the Sonderend River

S Fourie

10.6a

12:45 - 13:00

Discussion & Questions

13:00 - 13:45

Lunch

All

Session 11

Boland

13:45 - 15:45

Government Session (Chair - M Laros)

All

11.1

Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS, National)

Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEADP, Western Cape)

CapeNature (Conservation, Western Cape)

South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI, National)

Working for Wetlands (WfWet, National)

Department of Agriculture (Landcare, Western Cape)

All

15:45 - 16:15

Tea

All

Session 12

16:15 - 18:30

Parallel Session & Workshops

All

Boland

Rehabilitation & Workshop (Chair - N Job)

Hanepoort

Mapping, Monitoring & Assessment (Chair - N Newman)

Barlinka

Workshop (Chair - C de Villiers)

12.1a

16:15 - 16:30

Restoring the wetlands of the Swartland Renosterveld at the Cape Town Film Studios in the City of Cape Town

D Grobler

12.1b

16:15 - 16:30

Preliminary findings: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Photogrammetry as a tool in aquatic ecosystem mapping, assessment and planning

M Boon

12.1c

16:15 - 17:30

Workshop 2

River Maintenance & Management Plans

C de Villiers

12.2a

16:30 - 16:45

The engineering design of a re-established wetland system on rehabilitated opencast mine backfill material

G Simpson

12.2b

16:30 - 16:45

Potential of peat fire mapping for the Vazi peatland using thermal imagery and supported by ecohydrological observation

A Grundling

12.3a

16:45 - 17:00

Discussion & Questions

12.3b

16:45 - 17:00

Evaluation of IRIS tubes for wetland delineation in the Kruger National Park, South Africa

T Johnson

12.4a

17:00 - 18:30

Workshop 3 - Badsberg

Peat Wetland Rehabilitation

- Pietersielieskloof (Agulhas)

- Upper Gaffie (Riversdale)

Aurecon

12.4b

17:00 - 17:15

Can we reliably and inexpensively trace the sources of sediment in Southern African wetlands?

S Pulley

12.4b

17:15 - 17:30

Do wetland occurrence probability models work in semi-arid areas? A case study from in Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan

B Melly

12.5b

17:30 - 17:45

Discussion & Questions

19:30

Gala Dinner & National Wetland Awards (Sponsored by Mondi). The theme is "Crazy Hats".

All

 

Friday 23 October

07:00 - 08:30

Breakfast & Registration

All

Session 13

Boland

08:30 - 09:15

Keynote & Plenary Presentation Session - Wetland Origins, Drivers & Dynamics (Chair - H Dallas)

All

13.1

08:30 - 09:15

Keynote Presentation - The Ecological Reserve: a Utopian pipe-dream, or urgent imperative?

B Paxton

Session 14

09:15 - 10:30

Parallel Session

All

Hanepoort

Alliance for Wetlands - Research & Restoration (Chair - C van Huyssteen)

Boland

Mapping, Monitoring & Assessment (Chair - J Ewart-Smith)

14.1a

09:15 - 09:30

Why is Vazi surviving - understanding the endurance of a small (but deep) peatland within a state plantation

L Pretorius

14.1b

09:15 - 09:30

A method for assessing wetland ecological condition based on land-cover type

 D Kotze

14.2a

09:30 - 09:45

Why is Vazi North surviving - understanding the hydrological links between Vazi North and the main Vazi Peatland complex

S Bukhosini

14.2b

09:30 - 09:45

The state, location and extent of wetlands within protected areas and protected environments in the Mpumalanga Province

H Marais

14.3a

09:45 - 10:00

Pedologic and stratigraphic studies of two degraded peatlands in Maputaland, KwaZulu-Natal

C Toader

14.3b

09:45 - 10:00

An overview of the WWF-Mondi Wetland Programme: The resilient landscapes approach and its achievements to date

G Boothway

14.4a

10:00 - 10:15

A deep look into two peatlands of Northern KwaZulu-Natal: Plant macrofossil analysis as a method to uncover a peatland genesis

M Gabriel

14.4b

10:00 - 10:15

A land cover based approach to desktop assessment of wetland condition and function in support of the WWF-Mondi wetlands programme resilient landscapes project

N Job

14.5a

10:15 - 10:30

Discussion & Questions

14.5b

10:15 - 10:30

Discussion & Questions

10:30 - 11:00

Tea

All

Session 15

11:00 - 12:15

Parallel Session

All

Hanepoort

Alliance for Wetlands - Research & Restoration (Chair - P-L Grundling)

Boland

Mapping, Monitoring & Assessment (Chair - H Marais)

15.1a

11:00 - 11:15

Awareness-raising concept for the sustainable small-scale farming in Maputaland, South Africa. Pilot site: eMbonisweni community, Umhlabuyalingana District, KwaZulu -Natal

V Hartl

15.1b

11:00 - 11:15

The characteristics of the Matlabas Mire: Preliminary findings and implications for conservation management

A Bootsma

15.2a

11:15 - 11:30

Concept of wetland education training and communication centre in kwaNgwanase (eManguzi), KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

F Erlbeck

15.2b

11:15 - 11:30

Biomonitoring and rapid health assessments for ephemeral wetlands in South Africa: Can invertebrates play an integral role?

D Schael

15.3a

11:30 - 11:45

Development of land-cover classification focusing on wetlands impacted by subsistence farming using satellite remote sensing

M Riedel

15.3b

11:30 - 11:45

Design of a National Wetland Monitoring Programme (NWMP): following a phased approach (WRC K5/2269)

L Danga

15.4a

11:45 - 12:00

Alliance for wetlands - research and restoration' (AllWet-RES 2012-2015): results, lessons learned and the work ahead

J Sliva

15.4b

11:45 - 12:00

The investigation of selected Ramsar wetlands biodiversity status and tourism value in support of the Ramsar Convention information requirements

W Malherbe

15.5a

12:00 - 12:15

Discussion & Questions

15.5b

12:00 - 12:15

Discussion & Questions

12:15 - 13:00

Boland

Closing, Departure & Raffle Draw (Chair - M Rountree)

All