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Intaka Island wins in National Wetlands Awards 2020

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Date 29 October 2020
External Link Intaka Island

The National Wetland Awards are presented annually to recognise outstanding contributions and achievements and showcase successful or innovative work in the wetland community. 

The award for "Environmental Education and Skills Development facilitated by the Intaka Island Environmental Trust for the wetlands at Century City, Cape Town" was announced in a virtual awards ceremony on 28 October. 

The National Wetland Awards, sponsored by Mondi, are unique bronze Wattled Crane sculptures designed by sculptor Sarah Richards and are awarded annually to recognise outstanding contributions to wetland work in South Africa.

In the Education and Skills Development category, the award is given annually to those who have made a significant contribution towards wetland education and skills development in South Africa. This may be through institutional and professional capacity building, training, collaboration, stakeholder engagement or educational tools, outreach and awareness.

“We are very honoured to receive this award and recognition of the efforts of not only the Intaka Island Environmental Trust but many other stakeholders, including the Blouvlei Intaka Island Environmental Committee” says Chris Blackshaw, CEO of the Century City Property Owners’ Association (CCPOA). “Over the past nine years, the Trust has developed and implemented a comprehensive Environmental Education (EE) Program which is linked to various school grades’ curriculums.  The education programmes are well received and around 190 school groups comprising approximately 8 500 learners visit the facility annually. The Trust further finances the ongoing operational costs of running the Eco-Centre and the EE Program including the remuneration of the environmental education staff and field rangers, as well as their skills development and training.”

The Intaka Eco-Centre implements a range of appropriate eco-tourism, recreational and educational programs for the Intaka Island Nature Reserve and raises awareness of the ecological and social value of the wetland ecosystem.

 

To find out more about Intaka Island, which is open for visitors,  and how to donate to the Trust, visit the website:  www.intaka.co.za