Reporting on biodiversity and invasive species (18 May 2016)
Join SASJA members and seasoned journalists like John Yeld and Mandi Smallhorne on 18 May 2016 for a workshop on biodiversity and invasive species at the ATKV Goudini Spa outside Worcester in the Western Cape. Get story ideas, tips on news sources and an opportunity to network with biodiversity experts attending the 43rd Annual Research Symposium on the Management of Biological Invasions.
Why attend?
Presented by John Yeld and Mandi Smallhorne, the theme of the workshop is “Protecting Biodiversity on Private Property”. It will focus on the issues that go hand in hand with the presence of invasive plants and animals in towns, cities and on private land such as farms. You will learn from senior environmental journalists and scientific experts how to better report on the presence and management of invasive species such as European wasps, Argentine ants, feral pigs, grey squirrels, the house crow and other interesting creatures and plants.
Scientific experts will discuss the latest rules and regulations that landowners and municipalities need to follow to manage invasive plants, and how such species impacts South Africa’s natural landscapes and water and marine resources.
This is also a valuable opportunity to engage with scientific experts before the publication of the National Status Report on Biological Invasions in South Africa in 2017.
Who can attend?
Journalists from community, daily and weekly newspapers, radio and television journalists or presenters, as well as bloggers with an interest in the environment, conservation, agriculture or planning.
What does it cost?
The workshop is free but space is limited. Attendees can apply for support towards their accommodation and travelling needs.
Where is the Goudini Spa?
The ATKV Goudini Spa is located just off the N1 close to Rawsonville and Worcester in the Western Cape (GPS: 33º40’06.98″ S / 19º15’48.06″ E)
More information and contact details
The workshop is hosted by the South African Science Journalists' Association (SASJA) with funding from the Internews/Global Environmental Network Biodiversity Grant media programme. It is presented alongside the 43rd Annual Research Symposium on the Management of Biological Invasions. See for more information.

For information about the workshop, contact Wiida Fourie at or 021 808 2684
For information about financial assistance, contact Thea Aboud at
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Deadline for registration: Wednesday 11 May 2016
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