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  • Russell Galt

    Russell Galt

    Russell Galt is a SACNASP-registered Professional Natural Scientist employed by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). He holds an LLM in Natural Resources Law and a BSc (Hons) in Ecological Science. He is Project Director of the JRS-funded initiative, ‘Mobilising Africa’s Policy-relevant Biodiversity Data’. In this role, he has co-founded and chaired the international forum, ‘Africa Rising: Mobilising Biodiversity Data for Sustainable Development’, and engaged 21 African countries to jointly develop and implement a ‘Plan of Action to Mobilise and Mainstream Africa’s Biodiversity Data’. He is a member of the Urban Natural Assets for Africa (UNA-Africa) Advisory Board, a contributing author to the 1st Cities and Biodiversity Outlook, and a former manager of ICLEI’s global biodiversity programme. He has also held positions held in IUCN, Axiom Venture Capital and Subsea Energy.

    October 21, 2015

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    Paleo Cities and the Return of the Hunter Gatherer
    Russell Galt, Cape Town

    Why do you feel and behave the way you do? Have you ever noticed how incredibly adept you are at bargain-hunting in the local supermarket; beachcombing for washed up treasures; or foraging for mushrooms, nuts, and berries? Have you ever...

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    April 16, 2015

    Parasitized Garden Acraea pupa
    A Tree Hitched to the Universe
    Russell Galt, Cape Town

    A wee garden in a windy city From a leafy suburb in the shadow of Table Mountain, I need not venture far to encounter a myriad of remarkable creatures employing clever survival strategies. Fighting, stalking, feigning, loving, dancing, stealing, and...

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    March 31, 2014

    Van Riebeeck's Hedge
    Heritage Trees of Cape Town (Continued)
    Russell Galt, Cape Town

    Cape Town sprawls beneath the majestic Table Mountain in the heart of the mega-diverse Cape Floral Kingdom. With 3.74 million inhabitants, it is South Africa’s second most populous city. Despite the obvious ecological stressors resulting from the city’s high metabolism...

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    September 1, 2013

    Treaty Tree—The Treaty Tree was previously known as the Old Slave Tree of Woodstock. Photo: Russell Galt
    Trees as Starting Points for Journeys of Learning About Local History
    Russell Galt, Cape Town

    Have you ever sat beneath an old urban tree and wished that it could talk? Many times older than any human, yet always rooted to one location, imagine the stories that the tree could share and the wisdom it could...

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    April 28, 2013

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    The Bicycle is a Catalyst for Nature Conservation
    Russell Galt, Cape Town

    Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race. —H.G. Wells Fast, efficient and individualistic, the bicycle is no ordinary mode of transport. It’s a church, a gym, a community...

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    September 5, 2012

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    Cities and Biodiversity: A Call for Up-Scaled Action
    Russell Galt, Cape Town

    For all of us working in the field of “cities and biodiversity”, it is well worth reflecting on our achievements. We can take personal satisfaction knowing that we contribute to a meaningful cause with tangible results. Every scientific paper, policy-brief...

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