Become part of the Freshwater Ecosystem Network (FEN) of South Africa

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Become part of the Freshwater Ecosystem Network (FEN) of South Africa


Post by Marc de Fontaine » Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:01 pm

Become part of the Freshwater Ecosystem Network (FEN) of South Africa

Welcome to the Freshwater Ecosystem Network (FEN).

The FEN is a community of practice related to freshwater ecosystems, convened annually by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). The network was launched in 2013 with various representatives from government, national and provincial agencies, NGOs and the private sector.

The idea for the network emerged from the needs and opportunities expressed by government, civil society and academia through a consultation process initiated by SANBI in 2010, and focused on the freshwater biodiversity sector. This process identified a set of priority activities that SANBI is well placed to address, in terms of its mandate and competence.

The stimulation and support of collaborative efforts and networks was one such activity, which was subsequently endorsed by the Interdepartmental Committee on Inland Water Ecosystems, chaired by the Department of Water & Sanitation, in 2012. The FEN was thus established as a platform for joint learning, coordination and networking around freshwater ecosystems.

You are therefore invited to become part of FEN and to join the network by sending your contact information to Marc de Fontaine (Rand Water) who will be coordinating the updating and compiling of the FEN stakeholder database.

Please send the following information to

• Name
• Surname
• Organisation or Private
• Cell
• Email
• Province
• Job designation / description / speciality

Please be kind enough to share this email with colleagues, stakeholders or other forums (catchment / wetland) etc. who you believe would benefit from being part of FEN.

We are planning new initiatives which will involve growing the FEN stakeholder base, increased communication with stakeholders as well as using other platforms for sharing information about freshwater ecosystems and the work being done around them in South Africa.

Looking forward to your interaction.


Namhla Mbona and Nancy Job
FEN Coordinators
Senior Water Quality Advisor Vaal Barrage Catchment, Rand Water
Secretary, South African Wetland Society

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