Northern Cape Land Project
Wilderness Foundation Africa (WFA), funded by WWF South Africa and the Leslie Hill Succulent Karoo Trust (LHSKT), successfully completed Phase Two of the Protected Area Expansion and Stewardship Project in the Northern Cape on 30 September 2021. All “Milestones” were reached with the aim of assisting the Northern Cape Department of Agriculture, Environmental Affairs, Rural Development and Land Reform (DAERL) and South African National Parks (SANParks) in implementing the National Protected Area Expansion Strategy in the Northern Cape.
Geographically this project was focused in three areas. The first in creating the “Tankwa Karoo to Cederberg Wilderness Corridor” between the Tankwa Karoo National Park and the Cederberg Wilderness Area, which resulted in an interprovincial “mega reserve” (in excess of 258 000ha). The second continued to build on the expansion in Namaqualand – focusing on the Namaqua National Park and the third focused on the DAERL’s priority areas for Biodiversity Stewardship.
The Project also explored new conservation financing avenues through investigating options of accessing resources for land management from “Offsets”. WFA also endeavored to determine the specific technical, legal and financial implications of being a management authority in the Northern Cape. Various training opportunities for partners were also created during the project.
WFA will continue this Protected Area expansion work in the “Northern Cape Land Project” Phase Three that will commence on the 1 October 2022 and would like to thank WWF SA and the LHSKT for making the past six years of important conservation work possible and well as the next three to come.