The Project is now a member of the Cambridge Conservation Forum, a body whose purpose is to strengthen links and develop collaborations across the wide range of conservation researchers and organisations operating in and around that city including at international levels. Our Cambridge connection comes about through research collaboration with Richard Barnes at the Cambridge University Department of Zoology.
It is hoped that membership of this forum will both raise our international profile and encourage the development of collaborative studies with some of the other organisational members of the CCF (see list at www.cambridgeconservationforum.org.uk/members) and with other South African universities and research establishments wishing to work on the Knysna system under the KBP banner. Perhaps more than most other natural habitats, the biodiversity of estuaries is physically interfaced with the consequences of urban development, and hence they provide a challenge of ever increasing magnitude. How in theory and in practice can estuarine biodiversity be maintained against the inevitable background of loss of habitat through reclamation, its degradation via eutrophication and pollution, and the overexploitation of its resources? Any solution will require inputs from a wide range of environmental and social disciplines, including environmental awareness education, and hence is ideally suited to a collaborative approach. The KBP is therefore particularly keen to foster such joint research into the conservation of the biodiversity of our still very rich estuary, and hopefully to host the type of project that might fall within ambit of the CCF's Conservation Initiative (see www.conservation.cam.ac.uk)
Following article taken from Cambridge Alumni Magazine - Issue 78 Easter 2016