Fynbos Forever Programme

Ecosystems are healthy and resilient

Healthy ecosystems are foundational to our civilisations and our economies. They clean our water, purify our air, maintain our soil, regulate the climate, recycle nutrients, and provide us with food, medicines, and recreational and cultural services.

The Table Mountain Fund’s Fynbos Forever Programme aims to ensure that these priority natural ecosystems are healthy and resilient. A key focus of the programme is the protection of land and the adjacent marine environment and the appropriate management thereof, to allow for future generations to continue to benefit from our unique biodiversity and the services provided by these intact and functional ecosystems.

This programme aims to ensure that:

  • Priority ecosystems such as Water Source Areas and Critical Biodiversity Areas are safeguarded through formal and informal legal protection mechanisms.
  • Appropriate resource management interventions reduce threats and build resilience in the natural fynbos ecosystems and surrounding marine environment.
The Table Mountain Fund aims to contribute R4.5 million towards the Fynbos Forever Programme, ensuring that fynbos remains healthy and intact for future generations.

Fynbos Forever Projects:

Credit: Kevin McCann

Re-valuing the contribution of private nature reserves to the Western Cape Protected Area Network

Conservation Outcomes
1 January 2019 – 31 August 2022

The Western Cape is home to biodiversity assets of international importance, much of which is located in private ownership. As a result, many landowners have in the past secured their properties as “private nature reserves”, prior to the promulgation of the Protected Areas Act in 2003. Unfortunately, many of these private nature reserves do not have the necessary legal requirements in place as now required by the Act, placing their biodiversity security at risk. This TMF funded project is allowing Conservation Outcomes and CapeNature to target those properties declared prior to the Act, to assessment and in effect regularise these private nature reserves to ensure compliance with the Act, a key component of the Western Cape Protected Area Expansion Strategy (WCPAES).

Credit: Anahi Kent

Assessing climate change adaptation corridors for Table Mountain National Park: Integrating fine-scale taxon-based vulnerability assessment with Protected Area Planning

Executant: Wilderness Foundation Trust
1 February 2019 – 28 February 2023

Protected area managers have to respond to a range of pressures and threats. One of the most challenging is appropriately responding to climate change. This project seeks to apply the IUCN’s trait-based approach for assessing species’ climate change vulnerability at a scale meaningful to the protected area. This involves systematically considering species’ exposure to climate change and the biological traits or characteristics in Table Mountain National Park (TMNP).The aim will be to produce a species-level climate change vulnerability layer that can be used to inform TMNP planning and steer high intensity activities away from sensitive areas. This will also enable evaluation of appropriate management actions at species level, site-scale and landscape-scale. IUCN methods will be adapted and tested at fine scales, and available global species distributions will be validated locally.

Photo: Garth Mortimer

Biodiversity Stewardship Assistance.

Conservation at Work in partnership with CapeNature.

Through a generous grant from the Millennium Trust in 2011, the TMF has been supporting the CapeNature Biodiversity Stewardship Programme. The purpose of this project is to deliver stewardship assistance to landowners who have signed contracts with CapeNature declaring their properties or portions thereof “Contract Nature Reserves” or entering into “Biodiversity Agreements” by supporting landowners with training and knowledge sharing and in implementing management actions on the Stewardship sites which will benefit the biodiversity conservation of the properties. 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.