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"It is our vision that the people of the Greater Cederberg region will share in a common purpose – to conserve biodiversity through ensuring the sustainable use of the unique living landscape that they live in."
 



The Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor (GCBC)  is a conservation initiative of global importance.

  • Conserving the Cape Floral Kingdom
    This partnership project seeks to conserve and restore the biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom, covering a vast area stretching from the Karoo to the adjacent marine environment of the West Coast, while delivering significant benefits to the people of the region. This landscape represents a significant part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, covering a wide altitude range and extending across climatic and habitat gradients.
  • Involving communities
    The GCBC is about people – primarily rural communities – and the way that they use their land, now, and in the future. It is about their environmental value systems, their fears and aspirations, their livelihoods, and the drivers of their land-use patterns.

    The GCBC is not about forcing communities to change their land-use patterns by introducing new rules, regulations or zonings. The GCBC aims to provide incentives to land users to manage the economical, social and natural aspects of their environment within the capacity of the available natural resources, and to the long-term benefit of all.
  • Forming partnerships
    Establishing lasting partnerships is crucial to the success of the GCBC. The successful implementation of GCBC projects rely on the integrity of the partnerships that are being formed with community leaders, municipalities, national and provincial government departments, non-governmental organisations and interested individuals and stakeholders. Click here to view a more comprehensive list of our valued partners.
  • Securing funding
    The GCBC is jointly funded by the Critical Ecosytems Partnership Fund, The Global Environmental Facility, the Succulent Karoo Ecosystem Programme and the Cape Action for People and the Environment. Click here to read more about our funding partners.
  • Implemented by experts
    The GCBC is proudly implemented by CapeNature, the provincial conservation authority in the Western Cape. CapeNature ensures that the GCBC receives all the support it needs to achieve success. CapeNature assists the project management team through access to adequate resources, scientific and technical advice, and management assistance.
  • Sharing knowledge
    The GCBC strives to involve local communities in its work, and to share in its indigenous knowledge and available expertise. For this reason a steering committee has been appointed to enable stakeholders on all government and non-governmental levels to have input. This ensures a hands-on approach.
On our agenda – forming partnerships and promoting sustainability

We strive to establish firm partnerships and to promote sustainable living by undertaking appropriate conservation and management actions. We do this by

  • encouraging all in the GCBC to learn and work together
  • encouraging all in the GCBC to live sustainably with their natural resources
  • encouraging all in the GCBC to benefit from their natural resources

It is our vision that the people of the Greater Cederberg region will share in a common purpose – to conserve biodiversity through ensuring the sustainable use of the unique living landscape that they live in.

At our side from the outset- CapeNature

The initial GCBC stakeholder meetings took place under the auspices of CapeNature. Subsequently CapeNature was appointed as the implementing agency at the Action Planning Workshop in 2003. The GCBC Project Management Unit (PMU) is housed within CapeNature.

Together we make an undeniably strong team. We strive to ensure that lasting partnerships are built throughout the Corridor, that protected areas are expanded and adequately conserved, and that all in the GCBC are aware of its unique biodiversity.

CapeNature further ensures that

  • the GCBC Project Management Unit is properly empowered to co-ordinate and manage the planning and implementation phase of the GCBC
  • the PMU has access to scientific and technical advice.
  • the PMU has access to adequate resources of staff and finances.