On the 22nd of June 2013, the Table Mountain Fund launched their book at an auspicious event held in Constantia. This first time ever publication aims to provide a snapshot of the origins of the Fund, milestones achieved, highlight the unique landscapes; as well as celebrate the contribution and endless efforts of its champions.
The Table Mountain Fund (TMF) is a Capital Trust Fund designed to provied a sustainable source of funding to support biodiverstiy conservation within the Cape Floristic Region (CFR). The vision of TMF is to 'be the premier fund to conserve and protect the globally significant biological diversity of the Greater CFR, especially the Fynbos and allied ecoysystems, including associated freshwater and marine ecosystems'.
This Book illustrates the history of TMF from the early calls for support, through the lengthy process to winning a US$5 Million donation from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) that literally kick started the process and saw the Fund’s alignment with the CAPE Partnership, to the pioneers, the people who made it all happen and who helped position the Fund at the centre of the modern Fynbos conservation movement. In addition the book also captures the essence of the CFR’s extraordinary biodiversity and endemism, extending even to the marine environment, but has also highlighted the way in which activities supported by the TMF so often have a strong public participation and community commitment – something which Sir Edmund Hillary was one of the first to recognise and would most certainly have applauded.
The majority of international arrivals come to see the iconic Table Mountain, the beautiful Cape Peninsula and the Cape’s scenic rural areas. As the Cape’s natural wilderness areas are the foundation of its tourism industry, their protection is critical to maintaining and growing the region’s tourism industry. The Cape fynbos ecosystems and water catchments are also a generator of vital freshwater supplies and prevent disasters such as flooding. Protecting these areas is not a luxury, but a necessity. When they are gone, the costs of providing clean and safe drinking water to urban areas will increase dramatically. The fynbos also offers further riches in its beautiful and unique wild-harvested flowers and popular indigenous herbal tea species such as rooibos and honeybush tea.