Natural Resources Law students engage with biological resources regulation at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
The first field trip for the Natural Resources Law students this year related to their study of South Africa’s biological resources. Naturally, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town provided the ultimate backdrop in which to engage the students on emerging debates in biodiversity laws. There, they enjoyed a guest lecture from Marthán Theart, South African National Biodiversity Institute’s (SANBI) Legal Advisor (and an IMEL graduate), on the role of SANBI in the management, protection and regulation of South Africa’s biodiversity. The remainder of the day was led by the course convenor, Amanda Mkhonza, which engaged the students in reflective discussions on the practical feasibility, legal viability and effectiveness of the various statutory mechanisms available in national biodiversity laws. Students undertook group discussions and activities to unpack issues on the sustainable use and development of our rich yet threatened biological resources. However, the highlight of the day was most probably the scrumptious light lunch served in the Kirstenbosch Tea Room Restaurant, courtesy of IMEL.