Field Trip 03: Berg and Breede River Riparian Rehabilitation Programme
Johann Van Biljon
Founder and CEO of Intaba Environmental Services (Pty) Ltd. Johann has over 17 years’ experience in horticulture and managing rehabilitation projects in the Western Cape. Johann’s knowledge of how ecosystems function and propagation of indigenous plants has been built up through keen observation, trial and error over the years. Johann is a member of CREW, is an honorary Cape Nature Ranger and is the founder of the WEI (Witzenberg Environmental Initiative). Johann is an amateur herbalist and uses indigenous plants for various ailments. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, rock climbing, fishing, chatting to Rastafarian Herbalists and crafts. He is a trainer, dynamic leader and visionary that looks further than the physical realm in restoring the earth.
Phil Mc Lean
I am Phil McLean, also known as Fynbos Phil!
I’m a botanist with a background in invasive species and environmental law enforcement, now working as a Task Manager for Riverine Rehabilitation and Bioremediation within the Western Cape government’s environmental affairs department (DEA&DP). I am a big believer in the value of biodiversity and ecological infrastructure and am doing everything in my power to protect it and regenerate/restore it in places where most of its functionality has been lost (mainly through human negligence compounded by invasive alien species impacts).