“The internship was a great experience. The networking opportunities with various groups of stakeholders stand out as a highlight for me.”
Lameez was born into a big, close-knit family in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town. Growing up she had limited access to nature, but when she found herself in open green spaces she felt free and happy. Lameez always wanted to be in the service of people and to give back to her community. At school she enjoyed geography and biology, and her interest in people in the environment grew. Lameez currently holds the position of Skills Development Officer within the Environmental Leaders Programme at WWF-SA .
At university Lameez looked for ways to feed her interest in the connectedness of human society with natural systems and landscapes. She attained undergraduate and Honours degrees in Geography and Environmental Studies. For her Masters degree in Environmental Studies, she focused her research on relationships between conservators, community partners and urban conservation areas in the Cape Flats.
For her internship in the Environmental Leaders Programme, Lameez was tasked with research that focused on skills planning and development. She conducted a fisheries compliance skills needs analysis and research into mentoring capacity within the biodiversity sector. Over the course of the year she became interested in Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) as a means of up-skilling natural resource protection workers. Lameez learned through her internship to prioritise quality over quantity in her research outputs: she found that concise reports were well received by the busy people with whom she worked.
After her internship, Lameez was promoted to a junior position in the Environmental Leaders Programme at WWF-SA, allowing for her continued growth and development. As a Skills Development Officer she is tasked with research and implementation of a university-based biodiversity career guidance programme. She also assists with research for Work Integrated Learning (WIL) and manages a skills training database. Lameez looks forward to a rich career in developing human capacity within the environmental sector.