Talk on the Africa’s first Butterfly Atlas – Cape Town

Aug 29, 2013 No Comments by

On 18th September, Dr Silvia Mecenero, project co-ordinator of Africa’s first Butterfly Atlas, will present a talk entitled ‘The metamorphosis of the butterfly atlas’ at the SAAO Auditorium in Observatory, Cape Town at 5pm. The Southern African Butterfly Conservation Assessment (SABCA) project aimed to increase understanding of the diversity and distribution of butterflies in the atlas region (South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland), thereby providing for effective conservation assessment and planning. It was a three-way partnership between the South African National Biodiversity Institute, the Lepidopterists’ Society of Africa and the Animal Demography Unit (UCT). The main outputs were conservation assessments and red listings, as well as distribution maps, for all 794 butterfly species and subspecies in the atlas region. Three taxa are extinct and one in every eight butterflies is threatened with extinction. The SABCA project started as an idea in 2004 (the “egg” stage), and metamorphosed since then to produce the Red List and Atlas which was recently published and launched in May 2013 (the “adult” stage).

Dr Silvia Mecenero : Silvia was the project coordinator for the Southern African Butterfly Conservation Assessment (SABCA) project. SABCA ran from May 2007 to April 2011. It was a three-way partnership between the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), the Lepidopterists’ Society of Africa (LepSoc) and the Animal Demography Unit at UCT. Silvia is currently doing a postdoc through the University of Pretoria and the South African National Biodiversity Institute in Kirstenbosch, with close collaboration with the University of York, UK. Her research involves macroecological approaches towards understanding spatiotemporal patterns in butterfly diversity and distribution in southern Africa, with relevance to biodiversity conservation. Her project is making use of the database compiled during the butterfly atlas project (SABCA).

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*Directions to SAAO Auditorium : Coming from the N2, turn off to the M57 – Liesbeek Parkway; turning in the direction of Cape Town and continue to the traffic lights with Hartleyvale (hockey and football) on your left. Turn right at traffic lights into Observatory Road, pass the River Club; the S A Astronomical Observatory is next on the left. Once through the security gates bear left following the SALT signs to the last building on the left (white with stoep & ramp).

 

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