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Agter Groenberg Alien Clearing. Department of Agriculture 2014/2015.

Project Summary

This is an empowerment and employment project for previously disadvantaged contractors. The project will be on privately owned conservancy land along the Limietriver, Kompagniesriver and Koopmansriver near Wellington. Alien vegetation invaded the waterways and renosterveld. The 15 landowners being a conservancy, identified this project because of the direct impact invasive trees have on our environment and water resources. The Limietriver stopped to flow during daytime. It only flows at night when there is no transpiration from the trees along the river. 
The project will focus on the manual clearing of Alien invasive vegetation in the Limietriver, Kompagniesriver and Koopmansriver catchments by means of felling, slashing, hand pulling and application of herbicides. It is extremely important that the project runs for at least 3 years, and that the process should start before the summer to prevent further infestation with seed.

Prepared by: Turner, F.

Lead Institution: Department of Agriculture, Western Cape.Sustainable Resource Management: LandCare Division.

Partner Institution: CapeNature

Full project note. 

Bottelary LandCare. Department of Agriculture 2014/2015.

Project Summary

The Western Cape is a very valuable conservation area due to the high species richness and diversity. The Bottelary Hills Conservancy falls within the Western Cape and consists of 4160 ha land with many natural areas of high conservation value. Alien vegetation is currently a huge threat to our valuable biodiversity and puts pressure on our water resources. 

With assistance from Landcare, the Bottelary Hills Conservancy could contribute to alleviate the alien vegetation problem of the Western Cape. 
The measurable outputs of the project will be the amount of people employed over the funding period, and we can measure the area cleared of alien vegetation. Communities will hugely benefit through this project due to job creation and poverty alleviation. The project will stimulate awareness amongst community members of the alien clearing problem and the importance of conserving our valuable natural resources and fauna and flora. Clearing of alien vegetation also has a positive effect on tourism, since this shows good governance and stewardship of land. 
This project will run from April 2014 to March 2015. 
This project will be monitored by the steering committee together with the landowners of Bottelary Hills Conservancy and Landcare officials.

Prepared by: Roos, T.

Lead Institution: Department of Agriculture, Western Cape. Sustainable Resource Management: LandCare Division.

Partner Institution: CapeNature & Working for Water. 

Full project note.

LandCare Awareness Cape Winelands. Department of Agriculture 2014/2015.

Project Summary

The Cape Winelands are threatened by numerous environmental issues, which will definitely have a huge impact on the sustainability of the natural resources and living conditions for communities living in this area. The main issues are global warming, the availability of water and water quality, alien vegetation, waterweeds, the cultivation of virgin land, residential development creeping in to productive agricultural land, mining and waste control. The Cape Winelands host the biggest part of the world famous Cape Floral Kingdom, one of the world's six plant kingdoms internationally recognized as a World Heritage Site and global biodiversity hotspot. The beauty of this area attracts thousands of tourists every year, which earn a lot of money for the Western Cape, and creates many job opportunities.  People living in this area are not aware of the importance and threats of our natural resources. The only way to stop the resources deterioration is the raising of environmental awareness amongst all our citizens. The purpose of this project is to use every opportunity to raise awareness to conserve and to protect, which LandCare are standing for.

Prepared by: Cape Winelands District LandCare Manager.

Lead Institution: Department of Agriculture, Western Cape. Sustainable Resource Management: LandCare Division..

Partner Institution: CapeNature.

Full project note. 

Simonsberg AWP LandCare. Department of Agriculture 2014/2015.

Project purpose

  • Clearing of Invasive Alien Plants
  • Conservation of scarce water resources  
  • Conservation of biodiversity in river riparian zone
  • Opening a corridor for fauna & flora movement between formal conservation sites where very highly endangered species occur. 

Prepared by: Toua, A.

Lead Institution: Department of Agriculture, Western Cape. Sustainable Resource Management: LandCare Division.

Partner Institution: Greater Simonsberg Conservancy. 

Full project note.

Tulbagh Alien Clearing Project. Department of Agriculture 2014/2015.

Project Purpose

The purpose of this project is binary as explained as follows: Tulbagh is experiencing pressure on their water recourses as in the quantity and the quality of the water. This problem has an impact not only on Tulbagh itself but also on the people living in the metro pole making use of the water from the Voëlvlei dam that receives water from the Little Berg River that originates in the valley of Tulbagh. The first purpose will be the cleaning of invasive alien trees and restoration of some of the sites as one tool in the prose’s to insure more and better quality water and the second purpose will be job creations and training of local disadvantage people. 

Prepared by: van der Merwe, J.H.

Lead Institution: Department of Agriculture, Western Cape. Sustainable Resource Management: LandCare Division.

Partner Institution: TWA, Working for Water; Cape Nature & Cape Wine lands District Municipality.

Full project note.  

Upper Breederiver: Restoration and Greening Project. Department of Agriculture 2014/2015.

Project purpose

  • Restoration of areas where alien clearing has taken place with specific focus on the river riparian zones.
  • Greening of schools that have actively taken part in the Junior LandCare camps.
  • To create a source of not only trees but also pioneer plants that would support LandCare Awareness campaigns during arbour week.
  • Establish secondary industry. 

Prepared by: Breedekloof Wine & Tourism.

Lead Institution: Department of Agriculture, Western Cape. Sustainable Resource Management: LandCare Division.

Partner Institution: Working for Water; CapeNature; Dept. of Environmental Affairs & CAPE 

Full project note.

Upper Breederivier Valley Alien Clearing. Department of Agriculture 2014/2015.

Project Purpose

  • Clearing of Invasive Alien Plants
  • Conservation of scarce water resources
  • Conservation of biodiversity in river riparian zone
  • Opening a corridor for fauna & flora movement between formal conservation sites where very highly endangered species occur

Prepared by: Breedekloof Wine and Tourism

Lead Institution: Department of Agriculture, Western Cape. Sustainable Resource Management: LandCare Division.

Partner Institution: Working for Water; CapeNature; Dept. of Environmental Affairs & CAPE

Full project note.

Central Karoo Alien Clearing. Department of Agriculture 2014/2015.

Project Summary

The main objective of this project is to clear all the alien vegetation in the Central Karoo.. There are patches all over the area with dense Prosopis, poplar, willows and wattle trees. 
The clearing of “satansbos”,”Boetebos” and “Kaktus” plants will also be part of the project. 
The alien vegetation is an increasing problem. Areas under irrigation are invaded by the trees and utilize a huge part of the available water. Big parts of some lucerne fields are already encroached by these trees. The other invaders like the Satans,Boetebos and Kaktus are plants invading the field and irrigation land. For the sheep farming these busses is a concern – it gets into the wool of the sheep and lead to infections and poor wool quality. The Satansbos is a very aggressive plant and it can invade field up to a extend where the field/land cannot be used anymore. 
The whole of the Central Karoo has a low employment rate; this is an opportunity to give jobs to unemployed people by using farm owners as contractors. 
Follow up on last year’s clearing is very necessary to prevent the aliens from growing again.

Prepared by: Pienaar, P.J.

Lead Institution: Department of Agriculture, Western Cape.Sustainable Resource Management: LandCare division. 

Partner Institution: Beaufort West Municipality

Full project note.

Central Karoo Awareness and LandCare Forum Project. Department of Agriculture 2014/2015.

Project Summary

The towns in the Central Karoo have the highest unemployed people. The LandCare Forum consists of farmers, emerging farmers and local government. They are the people who have a passion for caring for land and looking after our natural resources. 
The challenges they identified in the community were lack of experience and knowledge of the emerging farmers/commonage farmers about how to farm, what is crazing capacity, how to use your field ext. They also saw how people in towns struggle with unemployment. Everywhere there are papers, plastic, bottles and garbage lying around in the field around the town, in town and along the road. This does not make a positive impression of the town or the people living in these towns. The farmers have this problem of garbage lying around on the farm and do not know what do to with this. 
The project will also look at the making of fertilizer for the house gardens and FSD will be supporting the project here by supplying flower and vegetable seeds. The flower gardens will brighten up the view of the houses and the town as you enter or exit the town. This will give the owners of the houses some self-proud about their community. 
The Landcare Forum will give training to the emerging farmers/commonage farmers on how to use the field, why is grazing capacity so important, how many animals can you keep on piece of land, when to dip animals. This is not alone for the emerging farmers but also for the new game farmers coming into the community that does not understand how the Karoo field work and how important it is not to overgraze. This will be done by means of farmer’s days, training days and one – on – one visit. 
The LandCare forum will also meet on quarterly basis to discuss the environmental issues in the region and especially look at the problem of subtracting of water from the earth for irrigation. Each member will visit a couple of farms in his area to give advice or to bring concerns to the table. They will also get people and do studies of the issues brought to the table. 
They will be monitoring and managing workgroups to clear Satansbos and boetebos, which is becoming a very aggressive plant invasion. 
Awareness product with the LandCare logo and Awareness events forms part of this project. 

Prepared by: Pienaar, P.J.

Lead Institution: Department of Agriculture, Western Cape.Sustainable Resource Management: LandCare division. 

Partner Institution: Beaufort West Municipality

Full project note.

Central Karoo Erosion and Riverwork. Department of Agriculture 2014/2015.

Project Summary

This project concentrates on bank erosion in the Buffelsrivier. In 2000 this river overflowed and took with it lots of precious topsoil and with it also infrastructure like roads, bridges, vineyards and orchards. This is a cycle that seems to repeat itself approximately every 12 to 21 years. 
Erosion in the Central Karoo is expanding and need to be addressed. Due to high cost of these structures farmers are not able to build the structures on their own. For this reason erosion is just escalating and tons of top soil is lost. This causes the loss of vegetation. 
The purpose of the project is to try and stabilise the river so the farmers can do sustainable farming along the river without worrying when the next flood will come and wash away their income and the rehabilitating of erosion in the Central Karoo

Prepared by: Pienaar, P.J.

Lead Institution: Department of Agriculture, Western Cape.Sustainable Resource Management: LandCare division. 

Partner Institution: Central Karoo LandCare Forums

Full project note.

Carbon Bio Training (Oudtshoorn Ostrich Farmers). Department of Agriculture 2014/2015.

Project Summary

The Ostrich Industry Biodiversity Management Project worked with 10 ostrich farmers in the Klein Karoo area over the past 18 months; assisting them with biodiversity management plans in order to improve veldt management, specifically on endangered vegetation. This project also facilitated and Area Wide Planning process, focussing on the 10 farmers – their farms all fall within a Gouritz Lowland Biodiversity Corridor that Cape Nature is in the process of establishing. A process to address Compliance has been piloted and can now be rolled-out. This Project will focus on the training of local HDI’s, in terms of site and specie identification as well as the implementation of two rehabilitation projects.

Prepared by: Pieterse, G.S.M.

Lead Institution: Department of Agriculture, Western Cape. Sustainable Resources Management: LandCare division. 

Partner Institution: Cape Nature,  SA Ostrich Business Chamber (BU), Department of Roads (Provincial)

Full project note.

 

Ostrich Bio Infrastructure (Oudtshoorn). Department of Agriculture 2014/2015.

Project Summary

A sustainable biodiversity unit for the ostrich industry in the Klein Karoo has been established and is working effectively by means of an integrated approach to Biodiversity Management and Compliance  The Ostrich Industry Biodiversity Management Project worked with 10 ostrich farmers in the Klein Karoo area over the past 18 months, assisting them with biodiversity management plans in order to improve veldt management, specifically on endangered vegetation.  This project also facilitated and Area Wide Planning process, focussing on the 10 farmers – their farms all fall within a Gouritz Lowland Biodiversity Corridor that Cape Nature is in the process of establishing.  A process to address Compliance has been piloted and can now be rolled-out. The biggest problem within the area is farmers farming extensively with ostriches, thus degrading the natural veldt as most of the ostriches in natural veldt don’t graze a lot but gets fed. Unfortunately this have been a problem for a couple of generations

Prepared by: Pieterse, G.S.M.

Lead Institution: Department of Agriculture, Western Cape. Sustainable Resources Management: LandCare division. 

Partner Institution: Cape Nature,  SA Ostrich Business Chamber (BU), Department of Roads (Provincial) 

Full project note. 

 

Goukou Alien Clearing. Department of Agriculture 2014/2015.

Project Summary

The Goukou River System is the primary water source in the Riversdale district of the Hessequa Municipal Area , supplying a large area of irrigation farmers with water , as well as the Municipalities of Riversdale and Stillbay . During several workshops held to discuss the lack of sufficient water supply to all users during periods of low rainfall , the main problem identified by all participants was the infestation of water courses and adjacent land by mainly Blackwattle . Apart from the amount of water wasted by the Blackwattles , a further problem is the encroachment of wattles into indigenous vegetation and eventually destroying it . This is a problem especially in the palmiet wetland system of the Goukou river where weakening of the palmiet caused serious damage to palmiet and peat wetland systems during the heavy floods of December 2004 .  It was decided that the best way would be to start clearing the wattles from the upper regions of the catchment area in order to limit re-infestation . The Grootbosberg Watergebruikersverenigng manages the first portion of this system and committed themselves as partners to facilitate the project .  The primary goal of this project is the eradication of invader plants and creation of jobs, but also the upliftment of the community through economic empowerment, skills development, education and training for the unemployed.  Information and training regarding social aspects like skills development, financial management, substance abuse, environmental education, etc. will be addressed by government departments and people from the community. The farmers will be responsible for transport, accommodation, supervision, provision and use of equipment and all dayto-day management. There will be 2 teams of 11 people chosen from Riversdale and they will be working for 120 days. The project is currently running with a NLP funding of R200 000.00 for the 2013/14 financial year. A serious attempt is currently underway to involve the local municipality as far as funding is concerned . 

Prepared by: Filmalter, W.J.J

Lead Institution: Department of Agriculture, Western Cape. Sustainable Resources Management: LandCare division. 

Partner Institution: Cape Nature, Working for Water, Working for Wetlands

Full project note.

Goukou Wetland Rehabilitation. Department of Agriculture 2014/2015.

Project Summary

The wetland systems of the Goukou river and its tributaries have been seriously damaged during the extreme flooding of December 2004 and again during August 2006 . The result of the loss of wetland systems is mainly the increase in flood peaks , causing further damage to agricultural land , and the loss of storing capacity in the wetland peat , resulting in quicker run-off and less secure water supply for agriculture and domestic (municipal) use .               Eventually the primary goal of this project is the restoration of the flood attenuation capability of the wetland system and increasing run-off time , and creation of jobs, but also the upliftment of the community through economic empowerment, skills development, education and training for the unemployed.  Information and training regarding social aspects like skills development, financial management, substance abuse, environmental education, etc. will be addressed by government departments and people from the community. A series of gabions will be constructed to stop further erosion , re-hydrate damaged wetlands , attenuate flood peaks and to act as sediment traps.

Prepared by: Filmalter, W.J.J. 

Lead Institution: Department of Agriculture, Western Cape. Sustainable Resources Management: LandCare division. 

Partner Institution: Cape Nature, Working for Wetlands

Full project note. 

Hartbeesrivier Alien Clearing. Department of Agriculture 2014/2015.

Project Purpose

The purpose of the project is to clear the Hartbeesrivier catchment area of alien invader plants because of the negative impact it has on the natural environment, including erosion, the loss of water, loss of rare species and the increased fire risk. At the same time it will create jobs for the very much-needed community of Uniondale. Uniondale is one of the most poor communities in the Western Cape. Although eradication of invader alien plants and creation of jobs are the primary purpose of this project, social upliftment through education and training will also take place. 

Prepared by: de Villiers, D.J.

Lead Institution: Department of Agriculture, Western Cape. Sustainable Resources Management: LandCare division. 

Partner Institution: Cape Nature, DWAF, Hartbeesrivier Conservancy, Land users

Full project note.

Intergrated Approach Towards the Eradication of Satanbos in the Klein Karoo. Department of Agriculture 2014/2015.

Project Summary

The project is aligned with the KK Agri and all relevant small scale and emerging farmers.  Throughout the Klein Karoo and other regions, we are currently struggling with a massive Satansbos infestation.  The main aim of this project will be to supply the farmers with the necessary pesticide to treat the plants.  In conjunction with Organised agriculture the herbicide will be distributed to the wider public. 

Prepared by: Pieterse, S. 

Lead Institution: Department of Agriculture, Western Cape. Sustainable Resources Management: LandCare division. 

Partner Institution: Cape Nature,  SA Ostrich Business Chamber (BU),KK Agri,  Environmental Affairs

Full project note.