WHAT IS SKEP?

The Succulent Karoo Ecosystem Programme (SKEP) is a long term, multi-stakeholder bioregional conservation and development programme. SKEP began as a bi-national initiative between Namibia and South Africa, with the aim of defining a way to conserve this ecosystem, and to develop conseravtion as a land-use rather than instead of land-use. 

This approach is encapsulated in the SKEP Twenty Year Strategy developed in 2001/2002, based on the following broad vision: "The people of the Succulent Karoo take ownership of and enjoy their unique living landscape in a way that maintains biodiversity and improves livelihoods now and into perpetuity." 

The SKEP partnership is coordinated through the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).


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