BirdLife South Africa
The mission of BirdLife South Africa is to promote the enjoyment, conservation and understanding and study of wild birds and their habitat. The organisation has 8 000 members in 40 branches and affiliates and runs national and branch programmes on conservation, education, training and awareness. BirdLife South Africa is a partner organisation for BirdLife International, the world’s largest voluntary organisation of nationally-based organisations, present in 103 countries worldwide.
Botanical Society of South Africa
The Botanical Society of South Africa is a NGO whose mission is to win the hearts, minds and material support of individuals and organisations wherever they may be, for the conservation, cultivation, study and wise use of the indigenous flora and vegetation of southern Africa.
CapeNature is a public institution with the statutory responsibility for biodiversity conservation in the Western Cape. It is governed by the Western Cape Nature Conservation Board Act 15 of 1998 and mandated to: promote and ensure nature conservation; render services and provide facilities for research and training; and generate income. CapeNature is driven by the vision to establish a successful Conservation Economy – embraced by all citizens of the Western Cape and to transform biodiversity conservation into a key component of local economic development in the province.
Conservation South Africa
Conservation South Africa (CSA) applies innovations in science, economics, policy and community participation to protect the Earth’s richest regions of plant and animal diversity in the hotspots, major tropical wilderness areas and key marine ecosystems. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., CSA works in more than 30 countries on four continents. The Cape Floristic Region hotspot is one of the five temperate Mediterranean-type systems on the CSA hotspots list, and is one of only two hotspots that encompass an entire floral kingdom.
Department of Agriculture
The National Department of Agriculture aims to lead and support sustainable agriculture and promote rural development through: ensuring access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food; eliminating skewed participation and inequality in the sector; maximising growth, employment and income in agriculture; enhancing the sustainable management of natural agricultural resources and ecological systems; and ensuring effective and efficient governance. The DoA also runs programmes such as LandCare, WaterCare and VeldCare to promote the wise use of resources.
Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism
The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism's mission is to lead the sustainable development of South Africa's environment by conserving the country's natural resources, protecting and improving the quality and safety of the environment and promoting a global sustainable-development agenda. The Biodiversity and Conservation Branch has the roles of managing Transfrontier Conservation Areas and Protected Areas, promoting and conserving our biological diversity and cultural and local natural resources, ensuring the sustainable utilisation of resources for the benefit of the people of South Africa, and providing programme management support service to line managers on Poverty Relief projects.
Department of Water Affairs and Forestry
The Department of Water and Sanitation is the custodian of South Africa's water resources. It is primarily responsible for the formulation and implementation of policy governing this sector.
While striving to ensure that all South Africans gain access to clean water and dignified sanitation, the department also promotes effective and efficient water resources management to ensure sustainable economic and social development.
Development Bank of South Africa
The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is one of several development finance institutions in South and Southern Africa. Its purpose is to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development by funding physical, social and economic infrastructure. DBSA?s goal is to improve the quality of life of the people of the region. The Bank plays a multiple role of Financier, Advisor, Partner, Implementer and Integrator to mobilise finance and expertise for development projects. Besides the imperative of bridging infrastructure and human resource gaps, the Bank faces growing pressure to join other development role players in addressing a complex set of interconnected socio-economic and environmental issues. Notably among these are local economic development, regional integration, job creation, urban renewal and environmental conservation.
Eastern Cape Parks
Eastern Cape Parks is a public entity established in terms of the Provincial Parks Board Act 12 of 2003. The ECP mandate is to ensure biodiversity conservation and sustainable utilisation of natural resources inside the province?s Nature Reserves, which are malaria-free and include six different biomes. The 184 385 ha Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve in the Baviaanskloof Megareserve is the third largest protected area in South Africa and forms part of the Cape Floristic Region. ECP is committed to increasing the provincial reserve area by 10,000 hectares annually, eradicating non-indigenous flora and fauna, mutually beneficial relationships with neighbouring communities and the preservation of cultural resources.
Fauna and Flora International
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is an international non-profit organisation supporting over 200 projects in more than 60 countries. FFI acts to conserve threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and take account of human needs. In South Africa FFI has a project through the Flower Valley Trust on developing biodiversity conservation and empowering communities in the Cape Floral Kingdom through sustainable harvesting and marketing of unique plants and flowers.
Building the Conservation Economy
The Landmark Foundation is a Non-Governmental organisation (NGO) facilitating the establishment and sustaining of conservation land uses in Southern Africa. Projects include: Protected area expansion work, Tourism development, Local economic development that concentrates on conservation, Waste recycling, Renewable energy development, Water and Wetland Conservation, and Species conservation, with a focus on top trophic level conservation efforts and habitat restoration efforts.
Oceans Research provides and facilitates innovative and dynamic research relevant to the management and conservation of Southern Africa’s wildlife.
Its research is interdisciplinary ranging from biological to socio-economic studies of marine and terrestrial resource utilisation in Southern Africa’s coastal society. Oceans Research specialises in investigating the biology and ecology of mega-fauna, including sharks, marine mammals and terrestrial carnivores; we advise governmental and non-governmental bodies on relevant conservation issues.
Oceans Research offers multi-disciplinary practical and theoretical training for aspiring researchers from internship to postgraduate levels in conjunction with partner schools, technical colleges and universities. In addition to the in-house research projects, the institute provides facilities for visiting marine scientists conducting a variety of projects throughout the major marine biomes of Southern Africa.
Open Africa is a non-governmental organisation based in Cape Town that develops tourism routes to stimulate job creation, encourage conservation of natural and cultural resources and motivate community participation in tourism. Open Africa promotes tourism based on the attractions strengths and experiences that are unique to Africa. It encourages travelling in a way that respects and benefits local people, their culture and the natural environment, allowing tourists to have a special experience whilst making a difference in Africa.
South African National Biodiversity Institute
The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is an independent statutory organisation with special responsibility for biodiversity matters, established in 2004 through the signing into force of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act. The Act expanded the mandate of SANBI’s forerunner, the National Botanical Institute, to include responsibilities relating to the full diversity of South Africa’s fauna and flora, and built on the internationally respected programmes in conservation, research, education and visitor services developed over the past century by the National Botanical Institute. SANBI hosts the C.A.P.E. Co-ordination Unit within its fynbos biome programme and similar programmes in the succulent karoo, grasslands biome and in the Eastern Cape.
South African National Parks
SANParks acquire and manages a system of national parks which represents the indigenous wildlife, vegetation, landscapes and associated cultural assets of South Africa for the pride and benefit of the nation. It manages 20 national parks with a great variety of accommodation in arid, coastal, mountain and bushveld habitats. The national parks in the Cape Floristic Region are Table Mountain, Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness, Bontebok, Agulhas and West Coast.
Table Mountain Fund
The Table Mountain Fund (TMF) is a Capital Trust Fund designed to provide a sustainable source of funding to support biodiversity conservation within the Cape Floristic Region (CFR). The main objective of TMF is the conservation of biodiversity of the Cape Peninsula and the CFR as a whole, including the adjacent marine systems. WWF-South Africa raised the start-up capital in 1993. By 1998 South African custodians had donated R10 million and the Trust was registered with WWF-SA as the founder, and SANParks and the Cape Peninsula National Park Committee as Trustee Groups, providing the opportunity to expand beyond Table Mountain and the Peninsula, to support conservation efforts throughout the CFR. The Global Environment Facility increased the capital fund by R30 million, and achieves synergy through this and its other investments in the CFR, particularly in the C.A.P.E. programme.
Western Cape Department of Agriculture
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is a provincial government department that provides a wide range of development, research and support services to the agricultural community in the province. The department?s Sustainable Resource Management Programme aims to pro-actively communicate and provide sustainable resource management plans and methodologies through the provision of agricultural engineering and LandCare services, facilitation and implementation of projects as well as technology transfer. The department also has a Farmer Support and Development Programme providing extension, support and facilitation of training to farmers, with special emphasis on developing of emerging farmers, implementation of land reform programmes and agricultural rural development projects.
Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning
The Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEA&DP) is focussed on sustainable environmental management and integrated development planning, the development of integrated, sustainable human settlements, and ensuring equal access and sustainable use of the province’s natural resources, including energy. This includes work in these areas: climate change response, integrated land management, environmental planning, biodiversity management, coastal management, provincial and regional planning, strategies and policies, pollution and waste management and law enforcement.
The Wilderness Foundation (WF) is a non-governmental organisation that protects and sustains African wilderness and wild lands through holistic and integrated conservation, social and education programmes. The organisation has been a pioneer in using wilderness as a positive force for social change in South Africa, having taken over one hundred thousand political, business and community leaders, as well as historically disadvantaged youth, through programmes that allow participants to experience wild nature. The WF have also been leaders in the field of creating an understanding of the link between ecosystem health and human well-being. Project management of the Baviaanskloof Mega-Reserve in the Eastern Cape will soon be transferred from the WF to Eastern Cape Parks.
Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa
The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) is South Africa’s oldest and largest non-government membership-based environmental organisation. WESSA aim to conserve the Earth’s vitality and diversity by promoting sound environmental values and sustainable lifestyles, integrate conservation and development, encouraging and generating individual and community action, securing the protection and wise use of natural resources, promoting and participating in environmental education and responding to changing needs.
WWF-SA is one of the world's largest and most effective independent organisations dedicated to the conservation of nature, operating in around 100 countries, supported by nearly five million people. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption. WWF South Africa currently has seven main programmes; Climate Change, Trade and Investment, Environmental Education, Species, Marine, Freshwater and the Ecosystems Partnership.
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