Advertisement

Must Watch: South African fund celebrates 21 years of conservation success!

The Table Mountain Fund, a pioneering conservation initiative has had a significant impact on the Cape Floral Kingdom over the past 21 years.

The Table Mountain Fund, a pioneering conservation initiative has had a significant impact on the Cape Floral Kingdom over the past 21 years.

 

Cape Town, South Africa – Today (13 March 2019) marks 21 years of conservation success in the world’s smallest floral kingdom, through the pioneering conservation work of the Table Mountain Fund (TMF).

Launched by Sir Edmund Hillary at the initiative of WWF South Africa, the Table Mountain Fund has since invested over R70 million in more than 300 priority conversation projects throughout the Cape Floral Kingdom and remains the premier fund for fynbos.

The Cape Floral Kingdom is the world’s smallest and most diverse floral kingdom. Fynbos, the primary vegetation type of this kingdom, and it’s marine equivalent both provide numerous benefits for humans, ranging from ecosystem services (like the provision of clean water) to a wide variety of socio-economic and recreational opportunities.

However, by the 1980s, as a result of human activity, the region was in the grip of a full-blown conservation crisis.

In response, authorities and environmental organisations started planning and introducing a number of urgent and crucial interventions – including the establishment of the Table Mountain Fund.

“Since its inception, the Table Mountain Fund has committed to playing a leading role in ensuring the success of vital conservation initiatives,” says the Table Mountain Fund Manager, Kerry Maree.

“The Fund has been especially instrumental in growing an effective, collaborative and all-inclusive conservation community in the Cape Floral Kingdom.”

Some of the Fund’s most noteworthy achievements include:

  • The establishment of the Centre for Environmental Rights – a non-profit organisation and law clinic that advocates and litigates for environmental justice;
  • The launch of the innovative and award-winning Shark Spotters Programme;
  • The support and growth of new entrants to the conservation sector by offering small and micro-grants to local communities; and
  • Support of the Biodiversity Stewardship Programme, which incentivises private landowners to declare their properties as Protected Areas.

As the Table Mountain Fund enters its third decade of protecting and restoring the world-famous natural heritage of the Cape Floral Kingdom, it has launched a new and ambitious fundraising campaign to ensure that the Fund can continue supporting a broad sweep of innovative conservation initiatives which bring people and nature closer together.

Looking forward, the Table Mountain Fund aims to serve not only the Cape Floral Kingdom but also the people who live and work within the region, as well as visitors and future generations.

“Of the many actions WWF has undertaken in the Cape Floral Kingdom, establishing the Table Mountain Fund has undoubtedly counted among the most effective. We are continuously inspired by its significant impact: from a wide range of conservation projects to the blossoming of several grassroots organisations to the care and commitment with which past and present trustees have overseen its work,” said Dr Morné du Plessis, CEO of WWF South Africa”.

Watch the celebration video below:


Sources: Table Mountain Fund
Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments or follow GoodThingsGuy on Facebook & Twitter to keep up to date with good news as it happens.
Click the link below to listen to the Good Things Guy Podcast, with Brent Lindeque – South Africa’s very own Good Things Guy. He’s on a mission to change what the world pays attention to, and he truly believes that there’s good news all around us. In the Good Things Guy podcast, you’ll meet these everyday heroes & hear their incredible stories:

Or watch an episode of Good Things TV below, a show created to offer South Africans balance in a world with what feels like constant bad news. We’re here to remind you that there are still so many good things happening in South Africa & we’ll hopefully leave you feeling a little more proudly South African.

Facebook Comments

The Good Things Guy
Brent Lindeque is the founder and man in charge at Good Things Guy. Recognised as one of the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South African’s as well as a Primedia LeadSA Hero, Brent is a change maker, thought leader, radio host, foodie, vlogger, writer and all round good guy.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *