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Symposium and field visit to Kruger National Park

Symposium organized by
The Global Carbon Project and CarboAfrica
23 - 25 August 2007
Kruger NP, South Africa

The meeting will bring together regional and international experts working on carbon cycle sciences in the African continent which deal with the interactions of climate change and human activity.

The goal of the Symposium is to present the latest research results on:

  • Regional carbon exchanges and budgets
  • Ocean carbon exchanges and freshwater carbon transport
  • Drivers of anthropogenic carbon emissions (fossil fuel, land use change, fire)
  • Carbon-biodiversity interactions
  • Urban and regional carbon management
  • Bioenergy production and associated land use change issues
  • Carbon-climate mitigation and adaptation
    The Symposium will also discuss the regional needs to further develop a research capacity to understand and manage the carbon cycle in Africa. The Symposium is open to all interested research and environmental policy communities.

CarboAfrica and Global Carbon Project Press Release (doc. 38kb)

Venue: Skukuza, Kruger National Park
Skukuza is the Kruger National Park's largest rest camp and administrative headquarters. It is situated on the southern banks of the Sabie River. More information: ecoafrica and South Africa National Parks

Accommodation: Protea Hotel Hazyview [http://www.hazyview.co.za/] (15 min. away from Kruger NP main gate).Symposium guests receive a special price: R500.00 - Breakfast included for a single and R672.00 double. Please email Lynn Havinga [Havinga@sanbi.org] with your arrival and departure time. Note that GCP and CarboAfrica members have a group booking and do not need to send an email.

Getting there: Delegates can fly into the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, which is about 30 minutes drive from the hotel, The Protea Hotel Hazyview. Driving by car from Johannesburg International Airport takes about 4 hours.

Registration: if you are interested in participating, please send an email to Lynn Havinga with your full contact information, and an abstract of your presentation (oral or poster) no more than 300 words to Pep Canadell [pep.canadell@csiro.au]. Upon acceptance of your abstract, a letter of invitation will be issued in pdf form (or faxed) for institutional and entry visa purposes. GCP and CarboAfrica delegates don’t need to register this way, but can deal with their respective representatives (Pep Canadell for GCP and Antonio Bombelli for CarboAfrica).

Cost: A fee of South African Rand 600.00 ($85USD) will be charged to attend the workshop to cover basic expenses. The fee is to be paid at the registration desk in cash and an official receipt issued.

Support: We have funding to support some carbon scientists from Africa to participate at the workshop. To apply, please send an abstract of your presentation (300 words maximum), your CV and the estimated cost of your airfare to Pep Canadell [Pep.Canadell@csiro.au]. A selection committee will evaluate the submissions and contact the awarded participants as soon as possible. All talks and posters will be in English.

Further Information: For further information on the scientific content of the Symposium, please contact:

  • Guy Midgley [Guy Midgley [Midgley@sanbi.org] or Pep Canadell [pep.canadell@csiro.au].
  • Information on logistics, please contact Lynn Havinga [Havinga@sanbi.org] or Helen de Beer [hdebeer@csir.co.za].

Local Hosts: Guy F Midgley (Sanbi) and Bob Scholes (CSIR).