Pride Programme

Appreciation for Fynbos is deepened

South Africa’s Western Cape province is a botanical treasure chest, home to the smallest yet richest plant kingdom in the world. So biodiverse is the Cape Floral Kingdom in fact, that it sustains well over 9000 plant species, 70% of which are found nowhere else on the planet.

At the Table Mountain Fund we believe that by immersing oneself in fynbos and gaining a better understanding of the uniqueness of this diverse floral kingdom, one’s appreciation and love for fynbos will grow and one will proudly take up the responsibility of conserving it.

This programme aims to ensure that:

  • More people will have meaningful immersive experiences in fynbos and the surrounding marine environment
  • More people value the indigenous and endemic fynbos species
  • More quality fynbos spaces will be established, especially within an urban context
  • The number of tourists visiting fynbos areas will grow
  • Youth are educated on the wonders of fynbos
  • Knowledge gaps with regards to fynbos conservation are identified and researched.
The Table Mountain Fund aims to contribute R4.5 million towards the Pride Programme, ensuring that individual’s appreciation and love for fynbos will grow and they will become proud custodians of the Cape Floral Kingdom.

Pride Projects:

Credit: Lana Muller

Using Environmental Education to Create Change Makers

The Cape Leopard Trust

1 November 2018 – 31 October 2021

In the Cederberg human-predator conflict is the biggest threat to leopard survival and a people-centric approach is required to educate and empower the communities that share their living space with leopards. This project aims to change mind-sets and behaviour through novel environmental education activities that encourage local people to understand and take ownership of their natural heritage. The focus is to engage directly with communities to build capacity for improved husbandry practices that will reduce livestock depredation by predators, which in turn will minimise the risk of retaliatory killings of leopards.

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.

Credit: Christina Glass

Fynbos for the Future

The Greenpop Foundation NPC

1 November 2018 – 31 October 2021

Fynbos for the Future is a collaboration between three urban greening organisations (Greenpop, Communitree and Ingcungu) in Cape Town with the aim of expanding fynbos ecosystems and preserving the Cape’s natural heritage through urban greening and environmental education. The overarching objective of this collaboration is to develop a Fynbos Corridor Strategy that will inform and link school and community gardens in order to create urban green corridors within Cape Town. This strategy will include mapping the envisioned biodiversity corridor, planning for additional potential planting sites and creating protocols for how other greening organisations could contribute to expanding this corridor. In addition to this, the project seeks to create long-term relationships with under-greened schools/ community centres (nodes) by helping to develop modular fynbos gardens that can act as interactive outdoor classrooms where learners and community members can be equipped with skills and knowledge to become lifelong stewards of their environment.

Credit: Les Minter

GASPP: Grootvadersbosch Aquatic Species Protection Project

Grootvadersbosch Conservancy Trust

1 November 2018 – 31 October 2021

The Grootvadersbosch Aquatic Species Protection Project (GASPP) will work with partners to protect aquatic species, with particular focus on the critically endangered Tradouw redfin. The project has two key objectives: support long term monitoring of data in the Grootvadersbosch Conservancy Rivers and increase stakeholder awareness on the importance of freshwater ecosystem to sustain water for environmental, agricultural and municipal use. The project will support the implementation of important conservation actions to protect freshwater ecosystems.

Credit: Knysna Basin Project

Educator Empowerment Programme

Knysna Basin Project

1 November 2018 – 31 October 2021

We believe in the ability of great teachers to change lives and through the Educator Empowerment Programme we will provide life sciences training to high and primary school teachers in Knysna. This programme will provide them with the knowledge, confidence and resources to inspire their learners. This is a collaboration between the Knysna Basin Project, Environmental Learning and Teaching, Fundisa for Change and Rhodes University.

Credit: Anahi Kent

Assessment of trail use, intensity and impact in TMNP: an innovative approach to involve trail users.

Wilderness Foundation Trust

1 November 2018 – 31 October 2021

Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) presents some of the most spectacular landscapes of rugged mountains, ocean views and the City of Cape Town stretching all around the mountain. The many mountain trails offers an activity hub where different trail users traverse the mountain on a daily basis. The Table Mountain Fund, SANParks and Wilderness Foundation Africa have partnered on a citizen science project to determine the intensity, frequency and impacts of trail usage in the TMNP. The project aims to build relationships between all users and interest groups, while monitoring ecological impacts. The trails connect people with nature and together we hope to keep this a positive and memorable experience for all.