Conservation gains made within the context of facilitation, partnerships and technical support.
Since the CWCBR was designated in 2000:

  • 953ha were proclaimed state owned protected area declared as the Blaauwberg Conservation Area.
  • 6 000ha located within Elandsfontein Private Nature Reserve is under active conservation management with a management plan being implemented.
  • 500ha located within the Grotto Bay Private Nature Reserve, proclaimed in 2002 is under active conservation management
    with a Management Plan that is being implemented.
  • 800ha located within Rondeberg proclaimed Private Nature Reserve in 2000 with a management plan and active conservation management.
  • Buffelsfontein was proclaimed a Private Nature Reserve in 2003 with 1 600ha of land being managed actively for conservation.
  • Jakkalsfontein was declared a Private Nature Reserve in 2002 and consists of ~600ha which is under active environmental management
    with its own reserve manager.
  • The Berg River Estuary has been proposed for a RAMSAR proclamation – although not proclaimed as yet, stakeholder buy-in
    shows that conservation awareness is healthy in the Berg River area.
  • !Khwa Ttu is an 850ha San Cultural Farm which was opened in 2006 for conservation tourism (amongst others), with active conservation and environmental management taking place
  • The CWCBR directly contributed to improving management within the existing 2 municipal reserves in Darling, namely Groenkloof and Darling Renosterveld Reserve through alien clearing and fencing of the area to ensure farm animals are excluded from these reserves – improving the
    critical state of remnant Granite Renosterveld.


An estimated increase in direct conservation gains within the CWCBR since 2000 totals 11 303ha.
However, a Spatial Development Plan has carried the most weight with urban development and partnerships created with the local and district municipalities to consider the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve in planning decisions.

This plan forms the basis for sound decision making with recommendations for planning, including sensitive and robust areas as well as having incorporated sustainable development practices as far as possible. Each municipality has agreed to incorporate the Spatial Development Plan directly into their Integrated Development Plans, Spatial Development Plans and Spatial Development Frameworks.

The CWCBR furthermore contributes to, and provides technical support for, the Fire Protection Association, which seeks to ensure minimal damage to conserved land, and optimal management practices.

One of the projects within the CWCBR included providing alien clearing to !Khwa Ttu, which resulted in levering further funds for alien clearing of approximately 200ha of badly infested Port Jackson located on Sand- and Granite Fynbos
(critically endangered).

Finally, a viable biodiversity corridor between the Blaauwberg Conservation Area, Koeberg Nature Reserve and into the Atlantis, Silwerstroom area has been planned and delineated and phase II will embark on securing the land for conservation purposes.  This covers some 1 600ha. 
The most significant about all these gains however, is that all the increased conserved land comprises at minimum threatened status, but mostly critically endangered vegetation types.

What is the increase in hectares of land under formal legal protected area since your initiative began and April 2008? Provide the original hectares, and present hectares. If you are dealing with a MPA apply this question to the marine environment. See the definition of hectares of land under formal legal protected areas under definition 1.1 to 1.4 above.  Original hectares are approximately 55 000ha, which has subsequently increased to approximately 66 303ha.


What is the increase in hectares of land under stewardship and better biodiversity management?  

The Benede Bergrivier Conservancy. 

The entire Darling Wine District, including Cloof, Burghers Post, Groote Post, Ormonde as well as Darling Cellars are now accredited in
terms of the Wine and Biodiversity Initiative.
The amount of conserved land is as follows:

  • 105 ha Cloof
  • 2 860 ha Darling Cellars
  • 405 ha Burghers Post
  • 2 175 ha Groote Post
  • 300 ha Ormonde

Total:  5845 ha

The CWCBR does not have the original total.


Socio-Economic Gains:

The Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve employed a programme manager as from October 2006.  Since then socio-economic achievements include undertaking a feasibility study for trails and tourism within the area, where 8 business plans will be produced of viable tourism opportunities benefiting a minimum of 8 communities. This project is well underway and has already benefited many in terms of involvement, and increased capacity with respect to tourism and Biosphere Reserve principles.
A number of projects have benefited capacity and economics in the area, including capacity built for over 1 800 persons and temporary jobs for over 100 previously disadvantaged individuals, with a further 8 communities getting more and more benefits as the Trails and Tourism project continues.  Revenue to the region in terms of small business support and the broader regional economy amounts to
R2 900 000.00 in terms of local economic development.
Type of skills include topics such as GIS training, alien clearing, HIV/AIDS; water management; erosion management; leadership skills; facilitation skills; project management; environmental education; conservation and stewardship skills including designing and compiling environmental management plans amongst a large range of others; project design and implementation; community liaison skills; presentation and chairing of meeting skills; secretariat functions; front desk skills; stakeholder liaison skills; logistic management skills.

Management Successes:

Having private landowners, NGO’s and Government officials represented at monthly board meetings where private landowners are Director’s and are therefore directly involved in decision making for conservation.  NGO’s represent the local communities and there is therefore a good balance of stakeholders.  At Board meetings, technical support in the form of government officials have an informal vote with respect to decision making and this brings balance in terms of the different stakeholders views and agendas.



Current Projects

Young Professionals Programme
City of Cape Town – YES Programme
Intern Project: Green Food Gardening Project
Young environmental and Lifeskills Educational Project
Spatial Development Plan for the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve
Landcare and Youth Educational Project
Delineation of a biodiversity corridor between core zones and contractual agreements for conservation
Trails and Tourism
Stewardship Project
Biodiversity Corridor Development

Completed Projects

Fynbos Rehabiliation Project
Dune Rehabilitation Project