Our active sustainable land management projects
See below the information and videos of each of the sustainable land management projects that we are currently
involved with. If you have a unique and innovative idea for a project, please visit the support section
of this website for more information on how to apply for support.
Project 1: Papkuilsfontein Mountain Bike Routes
In 2019, we initiated a sustainable land management project with the Van Wyk family on the farm Papkuilsfontein, near of Nieuwouville. They had already developed tourism as an alternative income stream, but this was very dependent on the flowers, which do not bloom every year. Our project added a new tourism component (mountain bike trails) to their business, and in return they have agreed to declare the farm as a Protected Environment. Watch the video for more information on the project.
Project 2: Loxton Commonage
This project is being implemented in collaboration with emerging farmers, who farm on Loxton's commonage. The project requires the dividing of camps and the implementation of improved grazing systems. The farmers provide the labour for the erection of new fences and apply the new sustainable land management practices. Watch the video for more information on the project.
Project 3: Mountain Zebra Camdeboo Protected Environment
The Protected Environment is situated in the Eastern Cape and falls between 4 towns namely; Graaff-Reinet, Nieu-Bethesda, Cradock and Pearston. It was formally declared in April 2016 by the Minister of Environmental Affairs for the purpose of maintaining the landscape in terms of its scenic, biodiversity and landscape value through collective action by the private landowners and to protect the area from detrimental developments. The protected environment is located in a transitional area between four biomes: Grassland, Nama Karoo, Thicket and Savanna. All of the major vegetation types are currently very poorly conserved elsewhere in South Africa. Being a transition area between biomes allows for an interesting mix of flora and fauna, as well as important ecological and landscape processes. Climate change, detrimental development, mining, inappropriate historical management of herbivores, and the risk of fire present the biggest threats to the protected environment’s vital attributes.