About The Table Mountain Fund

Launched by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sir David Attenborough, The Table Mountain Fund is a capital Conservation Trust Fund that develops and funds projects to protect and restore the world-famous natural heritage of the Cape, known as the Fynbos.

 

In 1993 WWF South Africa had the foresight to raise the start-up capital for The Table Mountain Fund. By 1998 South African custodians had donated R10 million and the Trust was registered, with the fund being later expanded via a significant investment from the World Bank.

 

To date The Table Mountain Fund has invested more than R60 million in over 215 projects. These projects range from purchasing important conservation land and engaging landowners in sustainable land management, to funding applied research, and supporting civil society to carry out innovative conservation projects in high value conservation areas.

Table Mountain and the Cape Floral Region

Table Mountain

The majestic profile of Table Mountain has for centuries been an inspiration for visitors to the Cape. Even those who live and work at the foot of the mountain feel the power of this world-famous landmark. And yet even more awe-inspiring than its famous profile are the unique plants and animals that live on the mountain, oblivious to the hustle and bustle of the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town below.

Cape Floral Region

Located at the south-western tip of South Africa, the Cape Floral Region is the smallest and richest of the Earth’s six floral kingdoms. Home to nearly half of South Africa’s plant species, its characteristic vegetation, known as fynbos, is found nowhere else on Earth. Its uniqueness has earned the Cape recognition as a World Heritage Site and a Global Biodiversity Hotspot.

TMNP

Situated at Africa’s south-western tip, the Table Mountain National Park is recognised globally for its extraordinarily rich, diverse and unique fauna and flora and is a truly remarkable natural, scenic, historical, cultural and recreational asset both locally and internationally. Established in 1998, it is one of the few National Parks in the world to be located within a large cosmopolitan city.

TMF Investments

Conservation Projects
TMF manages a project portfolio of approximately 50 conservation projects based within the Cape Floristic Region. Our project partners include non-governmental organisations, state organizations and private companies. Some of our current projects and partners include:
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Small Grants Projects
Through our small grant facility, TMF aims to support the growth and development of new entrants into the conservation sector. With grants less than R30 000, TMF supports community level conservation in biosphere reserves across the CFR as well as in the Cape Flats.
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Innovation Projects
TMF prizes itself in supporting innovative conservation projects which could ultimately catalyse large scale advances in conservation operations. Some of our most innovative investments include:
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Featured Project: Reconnecting the youth with nature

In this months TMF in the Field , we introduce you to the Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor Small Grant funded project “Reconnecting the youth with nature”. The project was developed based on growing concerns that the modern lifestyle of young people, with its digital devices, electronic entertainments and other distractions, impedes their ability to acquire an essential basic knowledge and understanding of nature and the vital role it plays, not only in sustaining the local ecosystem services, but indeed all life on Earth. Many young people have not been able to develop a profound appreciation for nature, do not see the need to learn from or about their natural environment and as a result do not see the need to conserve it. Given the opportunity and the right nurturing and exposure, young people can quickly learn to appreciate and enjoy the natural environment. The project team believe that sustainable conservation of natural resources and the fulfilment of the lives and potential of young people will only be achieved if youth are able to connect with their natural environment. “Reconnecting the youth with nature”, a project implemented by EMG, is helping to make this connection possible for a group of young people from Nieuwoudtville.

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Support Us

The Table Mountain Fund has delivered excellent results in restoring and protecting the natural wonders of the Cape Floristic Region. But there is much more to do as the threats to this unique World Heritage Site are mounting every day. Join international donors, local partners and dedicated individuals in saving our unique species and ecosystems, allowing people and nature to thrive.

 

Join us as we protect and restore the natural wilderness of Table Mountain and the rich biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom.

Latest News and Blogs

  • Plenty more fish in the fynbos? What climate change means for our freshwater fish

    Freshwater ecosystems are an irreplaceable feature of the Cape Floristic Region. Can you imagine our Cape wilderness areas without the pristine rivers, wetlands and mountain streams that give life to our fynbos and its fauna? This prospect becomes frighteningly real when we consider the fast-growing......

  • Know Your Fynbos | Let’s talk Leucadendrons

    Leucadendron: a rather serious-sounding title for this lively fynbos shrub that we see dotted across the mountain in a rainbow of different hues. Its common name ‘conebush’ sounds quite ordinary too, but species like silver tree, spinning top, golden sunshine and silky-ruff begin to paint......

  • Reconnecting the youth with nature

    In this week’s #TMFInTheField we introduce you to the Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor Small Grant funded project “Reconnecting the youth with nature”. The project team believe that sustainable conservation of natural resources and the fulfilment of the lives and potential of young people will only......