UARM assists conservationists with good governance practice

Belinda Bantham -- Tue, 03/13/2018 - 10:00

UARM assists conservationists with good governance practice

Birdlife South Africa (BLSA)’s conservation leaders recently participated in a successful risk identification workshop presented by Prof Hermien Zaaiman, associate professor and manager of the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Centre for Applied Risk Management (UARM).

BLSA is a donor-funded bird conservation organisation, and has important work to do. It has five programmes that focus on the conservation of terrestrial, seabird, important bird and biodiversity areas, including policy, advocacy and avi-tourism programmes. BLSA prides itself on its good corporate governance, and proficient financial administration. As part of its governance work, BLSA identifies, prioritises and addresses risks that may impact the delivery of their objectives.

“Prof Hermien Zaaiman has very kindly contributed to BLSA’s risk management work, and her professional and very useful contributions are gratefully appreciated,” said Mark Anderson, CEO of BLSA.

* UARM functions within the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences on the NWU’s campus in Vanderbijlpark.

BirdLife SA Conservation leaders participated in a risk identification workshop at Birdlife SA Isdell House, Dunkeld Johannesburg. From the left are Mark Anderson (CEO Birdlife), Hanneline Smit Robinson (Terrestrial Bird Conservation), Christina Hagen (Seabird Conservation), Candice Stevens (Policy and Advocacy), Prof Hermien Zaaiman (Workshop coordinator), Martin Taylor (Avitourism and Special Projects), Ernst Retief and Dale Wright (online from Cape Town - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas).