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Practical Implementation of erosion control measures in the Landscape

Conservation at Work in collaboration with CapeNature, Jobs 4 Carbon, Table Mountain Fund, Western Cape Department of Agriculture, Landcare, Rooiberg Breede River Conservancy, and VanWyksdorp Development Institute (VDI) hosted a successful Landowners Day investigating the practical implementation of erosion control measures in the field. The Jobs 4 Carbon project launched in 2014 and has a remarkable impact on the lives of the local community creating 60 jobs while restoring degraded veld in the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve by planting spekboom, clearing alien invasive species and preventing soil erosion through ponding. A total of 312702 spekboom plants were planted between 2018-2023 as part of the restoration of degraded spekboom thicket.

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2023 Symposium – Conservancies and landowners can help change nature’s trajectory.

People are putting the earth – especially the natural world – under considerable pressure. And it will be up to us, from conservationists, to conservancies and private landowners, to change the course from our current trajectory.

This was the message at the Conservation At Work Symposium, hosted at the Graham and Rhona Beck Skills Centre in Robertson on 31 August and 1 September 2023. The symposium was attended by conservation organisations and authorities, conservancies, and individual landowners.

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Landowner conservation day – Swartland, 10 May 2023

The first Landsowners day of 2023 was held at Bartholomeus Klip, the venue is situated on the edge of a dam and looking up through the Elandsberg Nature Reserve. This could not have been a more spectacular location to house the event. Seven Conservancies was able to attend the day that consisted of presentations from organisations in the morning followed by an afternoon spent in the field

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