The Knersvlakte is typically known as an arid habitat housing plants that have adapted to extreme heat and water scarce conditions. With an annual rainfall above 100mm being the exception rather than the norm, it easily explains why most of the area’s rivers are non-perennial and that a number of river systems have droë (dry) or sout (salt) as part of its name. Expecting to find fish in the area would thus be unthinkable.
Humans have a direct responsibility to protect the environment, especially when habitats have been destroyed by mankind says the Endagered Wildlife Trust (EWT), an Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) dedicated to conserving threatened species and ecosystems in southern Africa to the benefit of all people.
The Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor (GCBC) recently concluded the Groot Winterhoek Freshwater Stewardship Corridor Project which secured 9000 ha of private land under formal conservation through CapeNature’s stewardship programme. The project aimed to expand protected areas within one of the five core biodiversity corridors within the GCBC
From the 28th to the 30th of November, a learning exchange that focused on the varying operations undertaken by field rangers from different conservation organisations and their SKEP partners was facilitated. The participants embarked on a one and a half day exchange which was hosted by CapeNature and the South African National Parks (SANParks).