Landcare and Youth Educational Project
The Department of Agriculture and the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve have partnered to implement this project, which seeks to meet the needs of the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve Company, whilst simultaneously providing an avenue which will meet the needs of the Junior LandCare programme.
The Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve recently embarked on an employment program to benefit the communities within the Biosphere, namely Saldanha, Vredenburg, Langebaan and surrounding areas. Unfortunately these areas suffer from high unemployment rates and debilitating poverty. The CWCBR aims to eradicate these problems with solutions that coincide with the broader goals for the conservation of the Biosphere.
Funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and the Development Bank of South Africa this project seeks to develop a network of five trails (3 walking, 1 cycle, 1 canoe) within the borders of the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve stretching over 5 municipalities.
These responsible tourism, Green Flag products are an exciting way to grow the local economy by supporting existing and emerging tourism and hospitality services in the region and sustaining the livelihoods of the guides, caterers and drivers.
Green Food Gardening Project
The concept of this project is more than just about food gardening. It also includes the cultivation and use of indigenous herbs and perennials. A marketing and distribution strategy shall help the project to sustain itself and create benefits for the whole community to make poor peoples lives better.
The CWCBR therefore aims to establish an industrial biodiversity corridor in the major industrial area of Saldanha. The industrial biodiversity corridor will be secured through a range of different land consolidation strategies where one of these would be the signing of stewardship agreements with CapeNature to ensure the long term protection and conservation of these corridors of vegetation. The CWCBR is undertaking stewardship on behalf of CapeNature within the CWCBR.
Funded by the City of Cape Town the main focus is creating temporary employment and capacity development for over 30 Atlantis community members that were previously unemployed.
Spatial Development Plan
The purpose of this project is to collate many of the missing links that are created by the silo effect of different spheres of government and departments implementing each of their legislative requirements within the boundaries of each municipality.
Delineation of a biodiversity corridor
Delineation of the corridor between the Blaauwberg Conservation Area and the Koeberg Nature Reserve and the potential Southern Core delineation. This project aims to identify key parcels of land that will form a corridor interconnecting already proclaimed nature reserves to ensure that the integrity of the ecosystems and indigenous vegetation are maintained. This involved ground-truthing the area. Contractual agreements with private landowners are entered into to secure conservation worthy land and which further seeks to ensure that at least 3 critically endangered vegetation types are conserved.
Funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.This included three sites on renosterveld vegetation, namely the Darling Renosterveld Reserve; the Groenkloof Reserve; and !Khwa ttu
It has been estimated that approximately 80% of scarce and threatened natural habitat in South Africa is located on land that is not formally protected. Cape Nature realised that in order to ensure that conservation targets for threatened habitats are met, they cannot only rely on the proclamation of state-owned protected areas and thereby the Conservation Stewardship Programme was initiated.