City honours nature observers

2019-06-18 06:01
The recipients of the awards the City of Cape Town handed out on Monday 10 June.

The recipients of the awards the City of Cape Town handed out on Monday 10 June.

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With Cape Town having been announced the winner of two categories at the 2019 City Nature Challenge, the City of Cape Town awarded participants for the part they played during the challenge.

Biophysical specialist in the biodiversity management branch, Dr Charmaine Oxtoby said that the challenge was a historic achievement for the City, with many more people taking part than expected.

“Each year, cities compete to see who would make the most observations of nature, find the most species and get the most people involved, and Cape Town achieved a total of 54 113 observations from 1 146 observers,” she explained.

Oxtoby said over 17 000 people made 441 000 observations of 18 000 species in four days.

“This year was the first time African cities participated, and together with Cape Town, Nairobi in Kenya and Port Harcourt in Nigeria took part.

This was our opportunity to put the Mother City on the international biodiversity map and defend our claim that Cape Town is among the most biodiverse places on earth.”

She said various workshops were held for over two months before the competition started so that people got familiar with using the iNaturalist app (a digital application used for observations during this competition).

“We partnered with City libraries to help spread the message and to have free internet access across the City for people to use.

“Most libraries had a City Nature Challenge poster with a map showing the closest nature reserve.”

She said there were also different events for people to attend where they could learn more.

Oxtoby explained that the City hoped to enter again next year.

With Cape Town having been announced the winner of two categories at the 2019 City Nature Challenge, the City of Cape Town awarded participants for the part they played during the challenge.

Biophysical specialist in the biodiversity management branch, Dr Charmaine Oxtoby said that the challenge was a historic achievement for the City, with many more people taking part than expected.

“Each year, cities compete to see who would make the most observations of nature, find the most species and get the most people involved, and Cape Town achieved a total of 54 113 observations from 1 146 observers,” she explained.

Oxtoby said over 17 000 people made 441 000 observations of 18 000 species in four days.

“This year was the first time African cities participated, and together with Cape Town, Nairobi in Kenya and Port Harcourt in Nigeria took part. This was our opportunity to put the Mother City on the international biodiversity map and defend our claim that Cape Town is among the most biodiverse places on earth.”

She said various workshops were held for over two months before the competition started so that people got familiar with using the iNaturalist app (a digital application used for observations during this competition).

“We partnered with City libraries to help spread the message and to have free internet access across the City for people to use.

“Most libraries had a City Nature Challenge poster with a map showing the closest nature reserve.”

She said there were also different events for people to attend where they could learn more. Oxtoby explained that the City hoped to enter again next year.

With Cape Town having been announced the winner of two categories at the 2019 City Nature Challenge, the City of Cape Town awarded participants for the part they played during the challenge.

Biophysical specialist in the biodiversity management branch, Dr Charmaine Oxtoby said that the challenge was a historic achievement for the City, with many more people taking part than expected.

“Each year, cities compete to see who would make the most observations of nature, find the most species and get the most people involved, and Cape Town achieved a total of 54 113 observations from 1 146 observers,” she explained.

Oxtoby said over 17 000 people made 441 000 observations of 18 000 species in four days.

“This year was the first time African cities participated, and together with Cape Town, Nairobi in Kenya and Port Harcourt in Nigeria took part.

This was our opportunity to put the Mother City on the international biodiversity map and defend our claim that Cape Town is among the most biodiverse places on earth.”

She said various workshops were held for over two months before the competition started so that people got familiar with using the iNaturalist app (a digital application used for observations during this competition). “We partnered with City libraries to help spread the message and to have free internet access across the City for people to use. “Most libraries had a City Nature Challenge poster with a map showing the closest nature reserve.”

She said there were also different events for people to attend where they could learn more. Oxtoby explained that the City hoped to enter again next year.

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