Conservation Projects

New conservation projects

We are pleased to announce that the following projects will be funded by TMF in 2018:

  1. Enhancing conservation NGO involvement in protected area expansion. BirdLife South Africa. September 2016 – November 2018.
  2. Supporting collaborative extension in the Western Cape. NCC. September 2016 – November 2019
  3. Protected Area expansion in critically endangered renosterveld in the Overberg wheat- belt.Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust. September 2016 – November 2019
  4. Green conservation corridor from Walker Bay to Cape Agulhas Grootbos Foundation. September 2016 – November 2019.
  5. Greater Kromme Stewardship Initiative: Conservation outcomes – September 2016 – November 2019
  6. Facilitating protected area expansion within the City of Cape Town. Wilderness Foundation in partnership with the City of Cape Town. September 2016 – November 2019.
  7. Integrated restoration of the Jakkals River ecosystem. Groenlandberg Conservancy. September 2016 – November 2019.
  1. CTEET Learnership project (2017 – 2019) – Cape Town Environmental Education Trust. September 2016 – September 2019.
  2. Garden Route Biosphere Reserve Small Grant Facility. October 2017 – November 2020
  3. Natures Valley Trust Small Grant Facility. October 2017 – November 2020
  4. Grootbos Foundation Small Grant Facility. October 2017 – November 2020
  5. Emerging Leaders SA Small Grant Facility. October 2017 – November 2020
  6. Cape Town Environmental Education Trust Small Grant Facility. October 2017 – November 2020
  7. Dassenberg Coastal Catchment Partnership Small Grant Facility. October 2017 – November 2020
  8. Wolseley Water Users Association Small Grant Facility. October 2017 – November 2020
  9. Whale Coast Conservation Small Grant Facility. October 2017 – November 2020
  10. The CAPE legacy project. SANBI. April 2018 – May 2021.

Conservation projects:

TMF manages a project portfolio of approximately 30 projects. Our project partners include NGOs, state organisations and private companies.


Some of our current projects and partners include:

THE CAPE Legacy Project 

Cape Action for People and the Environment (C.A.P.E.) is a partnership of government and civil society – 38 organisations strong – formed around a 20 year vision for conserving and restoring the biodiversity of the Cape Floristic Region and the adjacent marine environment, while delivering significant benefits to the people of the region. With the timespan of the partnership’s founding vision nearing completion, the C.A.P.E. Legacy Project will enable a learning process for partners through a stakeholder-driven evaluation that looks back on the past in order to inform the future direction.

CTEET learnership project (2017-2019)

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: 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.

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).

Photo: Garth Mortimer

Biodiversity Stewardship Incentives

Through a generous grant from the Millennium Trust in 2011, the TMF has been supporting the CapeNature Biodiversity Stewardship Programme through the provision of incentive funding to entice private landowners to formally declare their land as Nature Reserves. Through an elaborate partnership between CapeNature, Conservation@Work and TMF, the formal protected area network of the CFR has grown considerably over the years and the programme continues to grow.

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: Katherine Dunley

Greater Kromme Stewardship Initiative

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.

Photo: Jacques van der Merwe

Towards securing the Contermanskloof Core Botanical Site

The City of Cape Town, through the Wilderness Foundation would like to formally secure at least 107 ha of Critically Endangered Swartland Shale Renosterveld and Core Botanical Site on Welbeloond Estate, Kliprug Farm, within the City of Cape Town as part of the larger, Contermanskloof cluster conservation areas. This land owner has agreed to sign the land up into perpetuity as a contract Nature Reserve if the City of Cape Town is willing to take on the management responsibility for the site and erect a boundary fence to exclude the owner’s herd of cattle from the new nature reserve. The aim of this project is to enable the erection of the boundary fence in order to incentivise the land owner to sign his property as a contract nature reserve. This is part of a larger initiative to establish a continuous chain of protected areas across the Contermanskloof hills just north of the Tygerberg hills.

Photo: Kate Black

Facilitating Protected Area Expansion within the City of Cape Town

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: 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: Odette Curtis

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

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.

Photo: Sean Privett

Green conservation corridor from Walker Bay to Cape Agulhas Agulhas

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.