Dear Flower Valley friends, donors, partners and stakeholders

With 2011 coming to a close, it’s a good opportunity for us to take a higher-level look at the year that was, and at what lies ahead. For Flower Valley Conservation Trust, it has been a crucial year. While fynbos conservation and the sustainable harvesting thereof remains paramount, the Trust has also started playing a broader landscape conservation role – in itself, and with our partners in the Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative (ABI).

We would like to thank you for your support and assistance in this more inclusive role. If we’re going to enjoy any success in biodiversity conservation and in our preparation for climate change on the Agulhas Plain and beyond, we need to be communicating and acting together. That’s why we’re all vital players in this never-ending conservation campaign.

Of course, difficult times lie ahead – and we’re well aware of that heading into 2012. We know the Agulhas Plain is going to be particularly hard hit by climate change – and we need to prepare ourselves accordingly. We know of the problems created by rapidly expanding alien vegetation – and the key need to be working together if we stand any chance of eradicating them. We realise the need to build biodiversity-based entrepreneurial businesses in order to create jobs. And we continue to highlight the importance of sustainable fynbos harvesting, to protect this wonderful resource and the livelihoods that live off it.

Those are only some of our focus points come 2012. And we look forward to taking them on with all our conservation partners on the Agulhas Plain. But for now, we wish you a relaxing festive season and the opportunity to enjoy a well-earned rest with family and friends. And we can’t wait to get back on board with you next year in our continued conservation efforts, refreshed and ready for the new year.

Kind regards,

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Lesley Richardson
Executive Director: Flower Valley Conservation Trust

PS. If you wish to know more about the Trust and our programmes, and would like to find out more about the opportunities to work together as a partner or donor on the Agulhas Plain, please don’t hesitate to contact me.