The following is a list of the specific types of activities conducted by Conservation Outcomes in assisting to establish and manage sites for biodiversity conservation
The Greater Kromme Stewardship Project, which is being funded by a collective of wind power generating companies in the Eastern Cape with the intention of securing land through the biodiversity stewardship process to protect threatened habitat and species, particularly large terrestrial birds.
GEF Protected Area Project - Participation in the Global Environmental Facility-funded national Protected Area Project, which is being implemented by South African National Parks (SANParks). Conservation Outcomes role is to assist in establishing cooperative legal agreements between SANParks and conservation areas on the western boundary of the Kruger National Park, and in completing the process to have the areas proclaimed as protected areas in terms of the Protected Areas Act.
Conservation Outcomes, with funding from the WWF Nedbank Green Trust, is enabling the expansion of the sustainable wildlife ranching industry. Wildlife ranching is a crucial part of developing the biodiversity economy and Conservation Outcomes is creating a game meat demonstration project in partnership with the retail industry.
The project is testing the viability of establishing a game meat market in South Africa that is consistently in line with biodiversity conservation imperatives. These imperatives focus on illustrating the way in which extensive, healthy wildlife systems are an incentive to biodiversity stewardship and can be used as a mechanism or incentive to create sustainable funding for state protected areas.
Currently, the project is focussed on setting up demonstration projects in the Greater Kruger Area and Northern Zululand in KZN. However, the intention is for these demonstration projects to be replicable and scalable across the country.
There is a direct impact on land claim beneficiaries that own conservation areas; as the game meat project is an avenue of income generation. It is not the sole solution to ensuring sustainable eco-use and conservation, but it is an important tool to be added to the wildlife economy toolbox. Furthermore, there are numerous ancillary businesses that can off-shoot from the game meat market; namely, hides and leather, and various processed meats and products. Aside from financial and business-related benefits; the availability of affordable, good quality protein that is more-easily accessible, would be of significant benefit to rural communities that need to travel big distances to purchase their food.
Game meat that is ethically harvested on an extensive system is one of the most sustainable sources of protein. It is perfectly compatible with large tracts of conservation land and utilises indigenous species that are adapted to the South African climate and habitats. In addition, the Game Meat project will provide an additional revenue stream for Protected Areas and therefore contribute to their sustainability.
This new reserve situated in northern KwaZulu-Natal, is still in the initial stages of development, and includes a combination of communally-owned and privately-owned land. The reserve is an anchor site for the Umfolozi Biodiversity Economy Node, which is a flagship project of the Department of Environmental Affairs Biodiversity Economy strategy and is closely aligned with the vision, mission, goals and strategic objectives of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform for land reform sites. The reserve will develop employment, business and ancillary economic 0pportunities for the beneficiary communities, through the development of biodiversity conservation-based opportunities on their land.
BirdLife SA Partnership – Conservation Outcomes and BirdLife South Africa are partnering to implement biodiversity stewardship on key properties in KwaZulu-Natal that are home of threatened bird species, such as Blue Swallows and Cape Parrots. This partnership will focus on securing critical habitat for these species as well as providing professional and continuous monitoring of these species.
Implementation of a project funded by the Table Mountain Fund, located in the Fynbos components of the Eastern Cape, which is aimed at securing critically endangered habitat for conservation and developing a ‘Working on Reserves’ concept, which is aimed at providing employment to community members around reserves whilst addressing key conservation management challenges such as invasive alien plant control.
The Table Mountain Fund is funding a project in partnership with CapeNature, focusing on the regularisation of the network of private nature reserves in the Western Cape. More than 200 private nature reserves were declared prior to the gazetting of the Protected Areas Act, which require significant engagement to ensure their compliance with the requirements of the Act.
Coordinating the biodiversity stewardship approach on several properties in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo Province and the Eastern Cape, as well as contributing essential management planning products to a number of existing biodiversity stewardship sites (e.g. Protected Area Management Plan for Zimanga Game Reserve, Elephant Management Plan for Somkhanda Game Reserve, Cheetah Management Plan for Nambiti Private Game Reserve).
Clairwood Offset Project – Offsetting the residual impacts of a development have become a key component of best practice in sustainable development. Conservation Outcomes has been securing an offset receiving property on the north coats of KZN as a new protected area, as an offset for the development of the Clairwood Logistics Park development in eThekwini Municipality.
Undertaking the biodiversity stewardship component of the Spring Grove Dam Offset Project, which involves engaging with landowners, negotiating biodiversity stewardship agreements, preparing management plans, developing landowner beneficiation schemes and securing key land areas as protected areas through proclamation in terms of the Protected Areas Act.
Project Rhino KZN – Conservation Outcomes is a key member of Project Rhino KZN, a collective association of 18 different organisations in KZN, with a common goal and vision to reduce the risk of Rhino poaching. This represents a collective body with extensive leverage ability, focusing on 32 game reserves that benefit from this initiative.
ZZ2 partnership – Conservation Outcomes is partnering with the ZZ2 company in Limpopo, specifically in supporting the biodiversity stewardship implementation for various areas of their extensive land holders, based on the premise that these areas will sustainably secure their agricultural production.
Umfolozi Biodiversity Economy node - The development of concepts, business plans and initiatives as part of the biodiversity economy, including for sites identified as anchor projects in the Umfolozi Biodiversity Economy Node. The focus of this work is on two community projects – one with the Emcakwini Community Trust and the other with the Kwasanguye Association.
SANBI Biodiversity Stewardship training – Biodiversity Stewardship has become the most effective mechanism to secure critical biodiversity using formal agreements. With the continued increase in staff, both within the government and NGO sectors, focusing on biodiversity stewardship implementation, it is important to continually provide training for new implementers. SANBI and Conservation Outcomes have been providing training workshops, through support of the GEF 5 programme, to enable sufficient capacity to respond to the biodiversity stewardship opportunities.
Conservation Ooutcomes has carried out the development of a number of new Elephant Management Plans as well as the revision of existing ones, to ensure that these mega-herbivores are well managed on enclosed systems.
WWF Biodiversity Stewardship support – Conservation Outcomes has partnered with WWF-SA to provide best practice support to 10 biodiversity stewardship sites in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, that have been declared as nature reserves. The post-declaration support to landowners is as important as initially securing the area. This support involves finalising the title deed endorsement, enabling the fiscal incentives, reviewing and updating the management plans, and providing ecological support.
Msinsi METT assessments – Conservation Outcomes coordinated METT assessments (Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool) for 4 of Msinsi’s landholders, namely Albert Falls, Shongweni, Inanda and Hazelmere Dams.
ECPTA Biodiversity Stewardship management plans – Conservation Outcomes is partnering with Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency in developing and updating the management plans and annual plans of operation for 8 declared biodiversity stewardship sites.
WWF Conservation Champions Programme Assessments - A review of the success of beneficiation funding, provided by the Table Mountain Fund, which has been provided to landowners participating in WWF-SA’s Conservation Champions Project in the Western Cape, which is focussed on conserving key habitats in the Western Cape.
KZN Environmental Outlook Report – Conservation Outcomes contributed to a number of chapters in the 2017 KwaZulu-Natal Environmental Outlook report, a key resource in assessing the current status of biodiversity conservation in the KZN province.
Inputs into reviews of the wildlife ranching industry and the biodiversity economy, including a contribution towards “An assessment of the economic, social and conservation value of the wildlife ranching industry and its potential to support the green economy in South Africa”, which was prepared for the national Department of Environmental Affairs by the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) in 2016.
Lower Olifants Custodianship Initiative - A feasibility assessment for the establishment of a Lower Olifants Custodianship Initiative, as part of the USAID funded RESILIM-O Programme, which is within the Kruger-2-Canyons footprint.