Food & Wine

Biodiversity & Wine Initiative

Inge Kotze
Inge Kotze: BWI Coordinator
Inge has twelve years of experience in the fields of biodiversity research, conservation planning and environmental management.

After graduating with distinction, from the University of Stellenbosch in 1997 with a Masters degree in Environmental Sciences and GIS, Inge spent 10 years working as an Environmental Researcher at the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) in the Biodiversity Research Group. Key skills include high level project management and coordination for large-scale collaborative projects, strategy formulation, and integrative writing for large integrative biodiversity conservation projects. Research expertise includes the management of invasive alien plant species, developing methodologies for assessing of cumulative effects within a strategic environmental assessment process, freshwater conservation planning and wetland prioritisation. Key projects worked on include a developing a conservation plan for the Expansion of the Greater Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa, a strategy for the development of the Cape Action Plan for the Environment and the People (CAPE programme), part of the scientific advisory team for the Working for Water Programme, South Africa’s alien invasive plant control programme.

In January 2007, Inge was employed by the Botanical Society of South Africa, and now more recently by WWF-SA Living Lands Unit, to coordinate the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI). This initiative is a partnership between the conservation sector and the South African Wine Industry, which aims to minimise the further loss of threatened habitat and contribute to sustainable wine production to benefit both biodiversity conservation and the wine industry. This work has included the coordination and training of conservation, agricultural and wine industry partners in the application of stewardship on private land and developing policy options and incentive mechanisms to promote the conservation of biodiversity in the Cape winelands. Other interests include the development of sustainable agricultural practices across the agricultural sector, adopting a catchment management focus for stewardship, developing alternative land trusts options, direct payment for environmental services and biodiversity offsets from large developments.

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Sustainable Seafood (SASSI)

John Duncan
John Duncan: Programme Officer- Seafood Suppliers, Restaurants and Retailers WWF Sustainable Fisheries Programme
John Duncan studied a BSc in Zoology and completed his honours in Botany at the University of Cape Town from 2001-2004. After traveling/working/adventuring for 2 years, he went on to study his MSC in Environmental Science, Policy and Management, part of which involved a thesis study of South Africa traditional line fishery. His major areas of interest are environmental policy and the socio-economic implications of natural resource management.

He joined the South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI) in 2008 to take charge of the programme’s restaurant participation scheme and has since taken on the running of the wholesale/retailer programme as well.

Green Choice Market Transformation

Tatjana von Bormann is coordinator of GreenChoice
Tatjana von Bormann: GreenChoice Coordinator
Tatjana’s first experience of ethically determined food choices was as an unimpressed teenager, when her mother embarked on a one-person consumer boycott of tuna, which at that stage was dolphin-unfriendly. Years later, and after 15 years in media and marketing and many of her own one-person consumer boycotts, she has found her niche at WWF, promoting a better way of producing food; food that is good to eat, good for the people who grow it and good for the planet.

GreenChoice acts as a catalyst for change by working to positively and materially change the way food and animal fibre products derived from natural resources are produced and consumed.

In response to the growing concern around the negative environmental impacts caused by food production processes, GreenChoice was established in 2007 by a number of respected marine and terrestrial ecosystem experts and internationally recognised conservation organisations.

It is a multi-stakeholder alliance, coordinated by WWF and Conservation International, working closely with other conservation NGOs and government groups, as well as industry, retailers and research institutions, dealing directly with sustainable agriculture and fisheries interventions.

GreenChoice provides a platform for collaboration in identifying sustainable solutions, sharing knowledge, promoting better practices and gaining preferential market access for environmentally sound products.