Jobs for carbon

“Jobs for Carbon: Developing carbon farming in the Klein Karoo”– a flagship initiative which combines job creation with conservation. Carbon farming involves the re-establishment of badly degraded spekboom veld through planting spekboom cuttings, allowing the plants to grow a natural canopy, and then leaving the land undisturbed and free from grazing pressures for many years. Spekboom has a natural capacity to store large amounts of carbon, and this enables the generation of income through the sale of carbon credits in national or international markets. This programme offers many benefits: new jobs created in poor rural communities, new income streams from the sale of carbon credits, restored natural environment attracting more tourism, improved rainwater infiltration, etc.

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#Spekkies leaping ahead

#Spekkies leaping ahead

12/7/17
#spekkies has had a very successful few months, both in terms of sales and exposure for the product and the project. Andre Britz and Luami Zondagh were interviewed on the Kyknet television show “Grootplaas” regarding the Jobs for Carbon and #spekkies projects. To watch the interviews follow the link at the bottom of the home page. Both Andre and Luami were also interviewed by Radio Sonder Grense (RSG: [Luami](https://agriorbit.com/radio-bewaringsprojek-vir-spekbome/); [Andre](https://agriorbit.com/radio-rehabilitasie-projek-vir-spekbome/)). The successful knowledge-sharing and public promotional event “For the Love of Spekboom” was held at the Green Shed in Wilderness in October. The event received much positive feedback, and the format is planned to be duplicated in other regions across the GCBR in the future. The event was organized due to popular demand for a demonstration about the value and uses of spekboom. The GCBR took the opportunity to not only share knowledge regarding spekboom, but also to inform the attendees about the GCBR and its various projects (with a focus on the Jobs for Carbon restoration program), as well as creating awareness about the extremely harmful effects of plastics in the natural environment, and demonstrating practical ideas to change harmful plastic-promoting habits.   Download the full report below.
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Progress with Jobs for Carbon Phase 2

Progress with Jobs for Carbon Phase 2

12/7/17
The Jobs for Carbon teams are making great progress for the 2017-2018 project year, which will see the planting up of 50 hectares of degraded land with spekboom. With only three landowners left on whose land they need to plant, they have thus far finished planting in the whole Bosrivier valley – which is a total of 19.25 hectares planted thus far. The valley will be a great and easily accessible example of the project, as all the sites are easy to see from the road, and the valley is close to Vanwyksdorp.  The New Year will see the close of the projects, with the last remaining properties – which are situated close to the Bosrivier Valley - being planted up in time for the project close at the end of February.
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Because our children are the footprint of our legacy

Because our children are the footprint of our legacy

10/15/17
The intention of our visit to the Rooiberg area from 26-28 September 2017 was to educate our students on the basics of the knowledge on the Klein Karoo. They must experience and feel what the climate, environment and people are like. Staying at the RUST farm was a privilege … more of a spoil, but it’s hard to let the students and clients understand this if their only point of reference is luxury. We unfortunately owe this to ourselves and our children and our future, to be part of the educational process where we understood more about biodiversity; i.e. our ecology, community and the global village. Being said that, we must thank Andre Britz and Steve du Toit of the GCBR for being available to share their wisdom with us during the 3 days. A huge thank you to the RUST family for offering their home as a bases.
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Thumbs-up for Jobs for Carbon!

Thumbs-up for Jobs for Carbon!

1/23/17
 An independent evaluation of the Jobs for Carbon project has been completed. The report hails the project and provides good advice on the way forward. According to the reviewers, the project objectives were broadly achieved, and certain targets were substantially exceeded. "The project target of restoring 300ha of spekboomveld was exceeded. Some 812ha was initiated into a process of restoration through the project, either through replanting with spekboom or through the exclusion of grazing animals (or both). The plantings show above average survival in comparison to other localities." "The impact of this project on human capital were outstanding. There were 60 success stories – i.e. 60 people changing from what many critics called ‘unemployable’ to becoming motivated capable labourers skilled in veld restoration and good work practice, and who put food on the table and who paid for schooling." Download the full report below.
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#spekkies = hope for the future…

#spekkies = hope for the future…

7/10/16
 '#spekkies' = hope for the future… The Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve (GCBR) has produced a biosphere-supporting product that will be used to augment restoration and community upliftment efforts run by the GCBR. This product is none other than our most beloved Portulacaria afra, better known as spekboom. Spekboom has been identified as an exceptionally efficient carbon sequestrator (for a semi-arid plant species), and is being promoted throughout ecological and scientific communities as a climate change mitigating species.  (Read more about the Jobs4Carbon project on this website (www.gouritz.com)).
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#spekkies: spekboomplantjies binnekort beskikbaar

#spekkies: spekboomplantjies binnekort beskikbaar

7/21/16
 #spekkies is ’n onderneming wat spekboomsteggies in spesiale planthouers aan die publiek beskikbaar gaan stel. Die onderneming is ’n uitvloeisel van die Jobs4Carbon-projek wat begin 2015 met onder meer Europese Unie-befondsing in die Vanwyksdorpgebied van stapel gestuur is. Jobs4Carbon en #spekkies is inisieer deur die Gourits Groeps-biosfeerreservaat (GCBR=Gourits Cluster Biosphere Reserve). Jobs4Carbon, bestaande uit ’n span van 60 gemeenskapslede van Vanwyksdorp, is besig om 300 ha spekboomveld te restoureer deur spekboomsteggies aan te plant.
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Learning about the carbon economy

Learning about the carbon economy

7/31/16
The Jobs4Carbon (J4C) project management team has embarked on a 'learning process' to help us better understand the carbon economy space, and from there to better assess opportunities for a growing J4C programme. A Table Mountain Fund grant is supporting this effort. The first step has been an information gathering process which involved desk research and lots of interviews with experts in the field. This work was undertaken by Cosman Bolus, who is a member of the J4C team and associate of the Rhodes Restoration Research Group (RRRG). Findings have been documented in a report which can be downloaded below. Currently we are in the process of organising a workshop for landowners and other interested parties that will combine key lessons from this report with developing ideas on creating a mechanism through which carbon sales can be managed collectively. Watch that space!
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Karoo verkoop SA se eerste koolstofkrediete

Karoo verkoop SA se eerste koolstofkrediete

4/28/16
 SUID-KAAP NUUS – Suid-Afrika se eerste koolstofkrediete is aan die Cambridge Universiteit in Engeland verkoop. “Die Cambridge Universiteit gaan vir die volgende drie jaar die ekwivalent van koolstof wat deur sowat 12 ha gerestoureerde spekboomveld uit die atmosfeer opgeneem is by ons koop om te kompenseer vir die koolstofvoetspoor van afgevaardigdes na hul jaarlikse internasionale konferensie,” sê Wendy Crane van die Gouritz-gebiedsbiosfeerreservaat (GCBR).
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Spekboom - Miracle plant of the Klein Karoo

Spekboom - Miracle plant of the Klein Karoo

5/27/16
 The Spekboom is an amazing plant. Botanists have known about it for centuries. They first documented it about 400 years ago as one of the most common plants in the Cape landscape. And today we know it as one of the iconic plants of the Little Karoo. A healthy spekboom cover allows other native plants to return to the landscape,and improve biodiversity. The plant also pulls carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and reduces the greenhouse gas problem. Unfortunately large areas of spekboom veld have become badly degraded in the past century due to unsustainable human practices. Soil erosion and reduced veld productivity are posing are a threat to farming, as vital ecosystem services such as good control, water filtration, carbon capture and storage are undermined.
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