The Baboon Liaison Group (BLG) was one of a number of biodiversity stakeholders who received Certificates of Acknowledgement from the City of Cape Town at the recent Cape Biodiversity Networking Forum.  The Forum was arranged by Cape Action for People and the Environment (CAPE), a partnership for sustaining life in the fynbos and adjacent shores.

The BLG, which is a unique partnership between civil society and the three authorities responsible for baboon management (City of Cape Town, CapeNature and SANParks), made a presentation at the Forum highlighting need for partnerships to be more than words.  “Volunteers working to preserve our biodiversity must be taken seriously.  We need to understand the authorities’ legal requirements and processes”, said Doug Tunbridge, Chairperson of the BLG.

This emerged as a key outcome of the forum – the need for the authorities to communicate the legal requirements and processes, and to respect the work of volunteers and provide the necessary resources and input to empower them.

The City’s acknowledgement of the role of volunteers was welcomed, but all agreed that much more must be done to improve communication both with the authorities and also between the different volunteer groups. The BLG called for a clear delineation of responsibilities within the partnership, and commitment and respect from the authorities. “Without these we will be accountable to our children and grandchildren who will only hear stories about our wonderful Peninsula baboons” said Tunbridge.

For more information contact: Doug Tunbridge, Chair of the BLG 083 250 3452

PRESS RELEASE   18 November 2011