Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust
Category: Animals, Environment
What is Renosterveld?
Lowland Renosterveld is the relatively fertile clay-based veld type that occurs in the low-lying areas of the Western Cape, South Africa. Renosterveld is part of the Fynbos Biome, although it is very distinct from Fynbos. The main difference is that it generally lacks, with some exceptions, the three distinct Fynbos elements, i.e. the Proteas, Ericas (heather) and Restios (reeds). Renosterveld is one of the richest ecosystems in the world, mostly due to its extraordinary bulb diversity. However, the Renosterveld we see today is very different from what it was 300 years ago, before the advent of large-scale commercial agriculture in the Western Cape.
What do we do?
Our objectives are essentially based on three main ‘pillars’: i) securing the largest remnants of renosterveld for conservation in perpetuity through a combination of land purchase and Conservation Easements, ii) linking critical fragments through the restoration of corridors (with an emphasis on watercourses) and iii) spreading awareness amongst landowners with renosterveld about the importance of renosterveld management in a way that affects long-term changes in attitudes and veld management. The thread that ties all these objectives together is the building of relationships with our most important stakeholders: the landowners, while we consider our relationships with our partners in the landscape (in both the NGO and government sectors) equally important. In parallel with this conservation work, we coordinate a dynamic and growing collaborative research team, of post-graduate students and ecologists with an interest in exploring a suite of questions around renosterveld ecology.
Please visit our website for more information: http://overbergrenosterveld.org.za