Abstract:

WWF-SA’s Grassland Programme gains within the Enkangala Grassland Project domain

Angus Burns

The high altitude grasslands of the Enkangala Grassland Project domain have been the focus of WWF-SA’s Grasslands Programme work over the years.  This area has benefitted from numerous initiatives focusing primarily on the securing of priority grassland habitat (and attendant fauna) through biodiversity stewardship agreements whilst simultaneously ensuring the implementation of improved management approaches.  Situated across the borders of the Free State, Northern KZN and Southern Mpumalanga, this critically important initiative has resulted in the first protected environment proclamation in South Africa and the role out of various stewardship initiatives across the landscape.  Partnering with MTPA, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, DEDTEA, EWT, Birdlife SA, SANBI and a host of other interested and affected parties the project has, amongst numerous other gains, successfully engaged the mining sector in steering proposed unsustainable activities away from important water production and biodiversity-rich areas. Additionally, landowners responsible for vast commercial rangeland farming areas have enjoyed sustained support over the last 8 years along with numerous land reform sites located across KZN and Southern Mpumalanga. Overall a great success story which needs to be showcased as an example of effective partnerships and strategic intervention in the biodiversity conservation space.

Presentation Topic

WWF-SA’s Grassland Programme gains within the Enkangala Grassland Project domain

 

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Manager: WWF-SA Grasslands Programme, P O Box 21106, Newcastle, 2940

 

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