Closed Projects

Closed Programme Projects

Some of our past projects and partners include:

CTEET Learnership project (2017 – 2019)

Cape Town Environmental Education Trust

1 September 2016 – 31 July 2019

The Cape Town Environmental Education Trust, together with the City of Cape Town (CoCT) aims to provide learnership opportunities to individuals with limited educational opportunities from communities adjacent to the nature reserves. The learnerships not only offer much needed employment, but the participants would have a formal qualification and work-place experience and be able to take up entry level positions within nature conservation in and around Cape Town. TMF are assisting in this programme (which is in its second cycle) by providing funding for a mentor for these learners. The mentor will bridge the gap between the learner and the reserve manager. It is believed that the having a mentor in the first cycle has enabled CTEET to realise a 93.5% successful completion of the training programmes by the learners to date.

Photo: Katherine Dunley

Greater Kromme Stewardship Initiative

1 September 2016 – 31 October 2020

TMF is supporting Conservation Outcomes with the implementation of the Greater Kromme Stewardship initiative. The primary objective of this partnership between renewable energy developers (Wind Energy Collective) and the St Francis Kromme Trust (civil society) is to secure critical biodiversity and eco-system services on private, communal and state-owned land by: establishing formal conservation and protected areas through the Biodiversity Stewardship mechanism; and providing professional support in order to ensure the effective management of under-protected biodiversity.

Breedekloof Wine and Tourism alien clearing.

Executant: Breedekloof Wine and Tourism
1 October 2018 – 31 January 2020

The Biodiversity and Land Use (BLU) project is implemented by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) together with its partners including the Table Mountain Fund (TMF), with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Photo: Michelle Klassen

Invasive alien plant clearing in the Ceres Mountain Fynbos Nature Reserve.

Executant: Witzenberg Municipality
1 November 2018 – 31 January 2020

The Biodiversity and Land Use (BLU) project is implemented by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) together with its partners including the Table Mountain Fund (TMF), with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Credit: Laurel Serieys

Table Mountain’s urban fringes: toxic ecological traps or biodiversity buffer zones?

The Cape Leopard Trust

1 November 2018 – 30 June 2019

Cities around the world are expanding rapidly and where they interface with natural areas there are increased risks to wildlife, including poisons, disease exposure and vehicle collisions. This project aims to identify potential benefits and quantify the costs of living at the urban edge for a charismatic wild cat species, the caracal or rooikat, which is the apex predator on the Cape Peninsula, South Africa. Caracals will be tested for the presence of a range of environmental pollutants associated with human-transformed landscapes, and together with spatial movement data this will contribute to understanding how urbanisation impacts caracal population ecology and persistence, as well as informing and promoting local biodiversity conservation.

Photo: Jacques van der Merwe

Bridging Support for Nature Reserve Declarations

1 February 2016 – 31 January 2020

This project will facilitate a smooth continuation of the Nature Reserve declaration process enabling priority areas which are currently ready for declaration to be secured. The declaration process comprises three components: public participation to ensure local community support; drawing up accurate survey diagrams to ensure that the areas declared as Nature Reserves are properly delineated and notarial support for submission of deeds and agreements. Each component has associated external costs. CapeNature is able to cover the costs of the public participation but requires short term bridging finance to assist with the costs of external notaries and surveyors.

Photo: Kate Black

Facilitating Protected Area Expansion within the City of Cape Town

Wilderness Foundation in partnership with the City of Cape Town
1 September 2016 – 1 September 2019

Protected area expansion within the City of Cape Town is guided by the Biodiversity Network (BioNet), which is the fine scale conservation plan for the City of Cape Town. Currently 60% of the BioNet is conserved, with the City aiming to increase this to 65% by 2019, through various mechanisms including stewardship, acquisition, off-sets, land banking and conservation of priority State land parcels. In order to do this effectively and efficiently, funds are required for essential pre-negotiation and proclamation processes, including but not limited to, legal fees, property valuations, drawing of Surveyor-General (SG) Diagrams, Title Deed restrictions etc. This project is facilitating this Protected Area Expansion through funding the pre-negotiation and proclamation processes.

Photo: Sean Privett

Green conservation corridor from Walker Bay to Cape Agulhas Agulhas

Grootbos Foundation
1 September 2016 – 1 September 2019

TMF has funded the Grootbos Foundation’s flagship “Green Corridor” project which is focused on developing a link between the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy and Agulhas National Park; thereby preserving the critically endangered lowland fynbos of this unique region in the Overberg. It is envisaged that this Green Corridor will develop into an ecologically functional and economically viable zone within five years, providing measurable positive conservation results and tangible positive impacts for local communities in a vulnerable region of exceptional conservation value.

Photo: Odette Curtis

Protected Area expansion in the critically endangered renosterveld in the Overberg wheat-belt

Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust
1 September 2016 – 1 September 2019

Lowland Renosterveld is one of the most threatened habitats on Earth and is in dire straits. TMF has granted the Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust funds to secure large remnants of intact Lowland Renosterveld within the Overberg wheat-belt for conservation in perpetuity. This will be achieved through the development of the Conservation Easement model which the ORCT initiated as a means for achieving crucial conservation targets which cannot be met using existing ‘stewardship’ mechanisms. It is hoped that this initiative will make significant inroads into securing significant portions of Western- and Central-Rûens Shale Renosterveld in this biodiversity-rich, severely-threatened landscape.

Enhancing conservation NGO involvement in protected area expansion. BirdLife South Africa.

September 2016 – November 2018

This new project seeks to draw on BirdLife South Africa’s experience in Biodiversity Stewardship and protected area expansion, both in the Western Cape and nationally, to better understand the challenges faced by various organisations involved in protected area expansion, and provide potential solutions to overcome these challenges. The project will also investigate new, developing options being applied in protected area expansion, such as “green servitudes”, and document the costs and benefits of such approaches, as well as best practice for their implementation. Ultimately aiming to facilitate further protected area expansion work in the Cape Floristic Region, leading to increased conservation of our birds and biodiversity.

Photo: Vernon Gibbs-Halls

Garden Route Biosphere Reserve

TMF has supported the establishment of the Garden Route Biosphere Reserve by funding the Bitou Valley Foundation for the production of four key strategic documents to guide the establishment and management of the Biosphere Reserve. The final application to UNESCO to have the Garden Route recognised as a Biosphere Reserve is currently sitting with DEA and will be submitted to UNESCO for consideration by the end of September 2016.

Photo: Jacques Marais

Langeberg Biodiversity Initiative Eco-trail Network

In 2014, TMF granted the Grootvadersbosch Conservancy funds to establish a landscape initiative. The project, which comes to an end in early 2017, aims to support the conservation of fragile ecosystems and aid sustainable livelihoods of the adjacent local communities through the creation of green jobs and ecotourism opportunities. The project entails the construction of both mountain bike and hiking trails as well as the training of field guides.

Photo: Sheraine van Wyk

The Stanford Mill Stream improvement project

The Mill Stream is degraded, polluted and suffers algal blooms in the dam. A thorough study of the system will result in an environmental improvement plan that will address these issues by providing research based recommendations. It is intended that sources of pollution in the system are identified through various assessment methods. The Overstrand Municipality have agreed to partially fund the initial implementation of the improvement plan. The project also foregrounds community conservation with the inclusion of stakeholders through engagement and monitoring processes.

Photo: Justin Sullivan Photography

Fire risk assessment of the urban-wildland interface for the West Ward of the Cape Peninsula Fire Protection Association

The need for urban development and the reality of urban sprawl in a fire-prone area results in a wildland-urban interface (WUI) along-which the risk of fire to assets and to human life is of real concern. With funding made available by the Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS), NCC Environmental Services (Pty) Ltd – assisted by the Cape Peninsula Fire Protection Association (CPFPA) – will identify, assess, map and prioritise the wildfire risks in the CPFPA’s West Ward. Management interventions to reduce the risk in hotspot areas will be defined and all similar assessments conducted around the CPFPA WUI will be consolidated into a single database, to be made accessible to interested stakeholders. This assessment utilises similar methodology to that of the 2010 National Veldfire Risk Assessment conducted by the Council for Scientific Research (CSIR) for Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).

Vergenoegd Water Bird Habitat and Water Quality Project

The Vergenoegd Water Bird Habitat and Water Quality Project leverages landowner interest in water bird conservation through habitat rehabilitation, in order to achieve improvements in water quality and hydrological functioning in agricultural landscapes in the Western Cape. This innovative approach includes building floating islands that are introduced to and used to rehabilitate existing water bodies (eg. irrigation dams) on private properties. One of the aims of the projects includes socio-economic upliftment through the creation of entrepreneurial income-generating opportunities in rural farming communities. This project was piloted on Vergenoegd Estate (known for its use of Indian Runner ducks to control the pests in their vineyards) and is a collaborative effort between BirdLife SA, NCC Environmental Services, CapeNature, The Department of Agriculture’s LandCare Programme and private landowners.

Photo: Abu Shawka

Toad Nuts

In many of the Cape suburbs, in which the Western Leopard Toad lives and breeds, crossing the road can be life-threatening. With the ever-increasing urbanisation along the Cape coastline, breeding ponds are now surrounded by roads, and the gorgeous leopard toads use these roads to walk to the ponds. Over the years hundreds of toads have been squashed by unobservant motorists on winter nights. In 2014 Toad NUTS (Noordhoek’s Unpaid Toad Savers) partnered with Table Mountain Fund to erect temporary toad barriers alongside two of the busiest roads in Noordhoek – Noordhoek Main Rd and Silvermine Rd, as well as one road in Tokai. The goal was to temporarily delay toads from crossing the busy roads during rush hour and to wait until a volunteer carries the toad over the road to the pond. The result has been an almost zero roadkill rate on these sections of road. The next stage of this project dubbed “ROMP: Road Mitigation Project” is to experiment with existing storm water culverts to see if toads will cross UNDER roads if directed into the drains. All results will be carefully monitored.

Mitigating the impacts of wild medicinal plant harvesting in Cape Town through research, engagement and inclusive partnerships with Rasta herbalists

Herbanisation aims to green streetscapes in economically marginalised areas while contributing to the livelihoods and cultural practices of local Rasta and Khoi herbalists and reconnecting community members with medicinal plants and indigenous knowledge. Originating in Seawinds (an area of high unemployment and many social ills, such as gangsterism, drug abuse and violence) Herbanisation was born through a collaborative effort involving the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation and Neville van Schalkwyk, a Rasta bush doctor and community elder. Since inception of the pilot project in 2012, consisting of an open-access street garden of 250 medicinal plants (and with subsequent funding from the Table Mountain Fund) the project has grown to include approximately 4,500 plants in three street gardens, and hosted ground-breaking engagement between Rasta bush doctors and conservation stakeholders. Furthermore, the project has released a range of useful guidelines for supporting the development of conservation, cultural and economically viable landscape rehabilitation within the fynbos biome.

#SPEKKIES – Mitigating Climate Change and Land Degradation through Enterprise Development

#spekkies is a Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve (GCBR) project that will build on existing spekboom restoration efforts in the Klein Karoo through the sale of sustainably harvested spekboom (Portulacaria afra) cuttings in biodegradable pots. The project will empower individuals from the Van Wyksdorp area through training and job creation, whilst also promoting the restoration of degraded thicket and the value of spekboom’s carbon sequestrating abilities.

Photo: Dumisane Jula

Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor Small Grant Project

Funding was granted to CapeNature, for a 4 year period ending in January 2017, to strengthen relationships between civil society and local communities within the Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor. This will be achieved through providing support and advice while capacitating civil society to effectively manage priority biodiversity.

Photo: Ryno Pieenar

Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve Small Grant Project

Funding was granted to the the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve for a period of 3 years, starting from June 2013 to August 2016, to focus on the conservation priorities of the Cape West Coast. The aim of the project is to stimulate sustainable development, bring about a heightened environmental awareness and enhance environmental management skills through the use of natural resource management within previously disadvantaged communities of the West Coast region.

Photo: Rachel Mash

Cape Flats Nature Partners Fund Small Grant Project

In the last quarter of 2013, TMF in partnership with the South African Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) launched the ‘Cape Flats Nature Partners’ Fund’ offering small grants for projects that are innovative and spark community nature conservation action on the Cape Flats. A key focus of the ‘Cape Flats Nature Partners’ Fund’ is not just to award small grants but also to build the capacity of interested community members to engage with the Fund through innovative ideas for conservation.

A few of the innovative projects of the Cape Flats Nature Partners’ Fund include:

Princess Vlei Forum: Rehabilitation and management of indigenous vegetation in the greater Princess Vlei conservation
Funding was granted to the contractor for a period of 6 months, starting from May to October 2016 to rehabilitate and manage the Greater Princess Vlei. The aim of the project is to rehabilitate and manage indigenous vegetation in the Greater Princess Vlei Conservation area by introducing knowledge to local school learners through various activities, so that they actively contribute to nature conservation in the Cape Flats.

The Anglican Church: Creating a link between nature and script
Funding was granted to the contractor for a period of 6 months, starting from May to October 2016 to create a link between nature and scripts within 15 Anglican churches of the Cape Flats. The aim of the project is to mobilise the Anglican Church of the Cape Flats to become involved in environmental care.

Photo: Green Renaissance

Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve Small Grant Project

Funding was granted to the contractor for a period of 4 years, starting from February 2014 to January 2017 to select community based organisations, located within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, to be the beneficiaries of these small grant. The aim of the project is to capacitate organizations through building sustainable income generating activities.

Photo: Kerry Maree

Integrated restoration of the Jakkals River Ecosystem (phase 2)

The Jakkals River ecosystem is threatened by alien dominance, debris pollution and erosion. The shape of the river has changed over time and continues to change to a vulnerable shape. Due to an integrated alien vegetation clearing programme (TMF are currently funding a project within this programme), water volumes have increased and the eroded river, cleared lands and river banks are vulnerable to flooding and further channelising of the river. In this phase, TMF will be funding the production of a Jakkals River Management Plan and a mentorship and training programme that will be implemented in order to assist stakeholders and farmers to realise the recommendations in the management plan.