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Kay Montgomery
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  • Johannesburg, Gauteng
  • South Africa
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What is your name?
Kay
What is your job title?
Journalist
What organisation do you work for?
Independent Newspapers; Lewis Foundation; Working for Water
Website
www.skillsforbiodiversity.co.za; www.invasives.org.za
What aspects of biodiversity are you most interested in?
Communicating biodiversity, Climate change, Education, Invasive species, Poverty and biodiversity, Protected areas, Trade and biodiversity, Urban biodiversity, Wetlands
What languages do you speak?
English
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South Africa is the 3rd most biodiverse country in the world and we have a critical skills shortage in our national parks, marine sanctuaries and botanical gardens.

I am on a team (funded by the Lewis Foundation) that is attempting to encourage school and university graduates to make a career in biodiversity. To achieve this... it would be very useful to be able to chat to colleagues involved in biodiversity and media elsewhere in the world.

As a journalist, I continue to promote urban biodiversity in my position as the Gardening Editor for two newspapers in Cape Town (Weekend Argus) and Johannesburg (Saturday Star) respectively. I write a tabloid page of copy (+ supplied images) for both papers every week.

As a project leader, I manage the Working for Water - Invasive Alien Species - Nurseries & Pet Trade Partnership and have the very difficult task of explaining strategies aimed at outlawing, reducing or culling invasive alien species in the interests of biodiversity. South Africa has a R400 million programme to do this. I assist in communicating our national policies and strategies on the issue. As regards this project, I also assist the media aspects of South Africa's Annual Weedbuster Week media campaign during the 2nd week of October.

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