South Africa’s Cape Floral Region (CFR) is one of the world’s great centres of terrestrial biodiversity. It is home to nearly 20% of Africa’s flora, while covering less than 0.5% of the continent’s area. The wetlands in this sensitive area face particular threats, including from development and agriculture, as the region is also home to farms growing around 95% of South Africa’s wine. On-farm conservation measures are therefore vital to protect the outstanding diversity, density and endemism of the biodiversity of the CFR.
Attached presentation explains that trans-boundary protected areas are increasingly viewed as an important new tool in enabling broad landscape-level conservation. They are also increasingly valued for their role in fostering sustainable cross-boundary resource management, promoting regional economic development, and enabling regional climate change adaptation. As a result, there is an increasing global recognition of the importance of transboundary natural resource management.
A poster/infographic of the relationship between SDGs and South Africa's NBSAP
Summary: Conservation South Africa (CSA) is implementing a conservation agreement with members of the Leliefontein community, in the Kamiesberg Municipality of Namaqualand. The strategy centers on negotiated agreements between CSA and individual farmers, with the overall objective of improving livestock and ecosystem management in this fragile environment.
Ecological infrastructure refers to naturally functioning ecosystems that deliver valuable services to people. Ecological infrastructure is the nature-based equivalent of built infrastructure and is just as important for providing services and underpinning socio-economic development. It’s not only an under-realised asset for cities and their hinterlands, but also one whose potential could be relatively easily unlocked.
I am involved in the process for preparation of the latest South African NBSAP and would be interested to hear which other plans in development, or prepared, from comparable middle income countries or emerging economies we might engage with to learn from; whether it be inspiration, leverage, insi
Dr. Lucille Blumberg is the Deputy-Director, Head of Division of Public Health, Surveillance and Response, and Head of Travel Health of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in South Africa.
Suzi Malan is a PhD candidate from the University of British Columbia (Canada), of South African origin.
Her research has utilised a combination of methods to understand and evaluate governance systems in the Transfrontier Conservation Areas of Southern Africa. In this presentation, she summarises the findings of a 4 year work and proposes improvements to current processes that are more inclusive and aimed at achieving all the objectives of the TFCAs in the region.
Amanda Mugadza is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law of North West University (Potchefstroom Campus).
She is conducting a study on the existing legal framework for participatory and inclusive sustainable tourism development in Southern African Transfrontier Conservation Areas and the application of such framework to ensure TFCAs fulfil their rural development mandate. This presentation is a condensation of the findings from her first year.
Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) dramatically improved its ability to link its priority conservation tasks with the sustainable development needs of Cape Town and its citizens, to the advantage of both the Park and the City’s citizens. This story illustrates the importance of a functioning governance system and a commitment to finding mutual interest between the goals of conservation and development.