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Camdeboo: Corridor Project

Unread postby Lesego » Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:46 pm

An exciting new initiative to create a corridor between Camdeboo and Mountain Zebra National Parks will improve the conservation status of South Africa’s grassland biome.

A partnership between the Wilderness Foundation and South African National Parks (SANParks) aims to enlarge the area under formal conservation protection by entering into voluntary contractual agreements with private landowners.

These agreements will provide benefits to landowners in terms of protecting the environment as well as contribute towards the conservation of threatened wildlife species such as Cape mountain zebra, black wildebeest, cheetah and black rhino. Protection will also contribute to safeguarding the recently-identified Sneeuberg Centre of Endemism, part of the Amathole-Sneeuberg Montane Belt.

Through either Contractual National Park or Protected Environment agreements, the project aims to work with, rather than displace, current conservation-compatible land-use practices such as eco-tourism and sustainable resource use. Less formal conservation options will also be available to landowners.

It is hoped that the project will stimulate conservation-friendly economic development in the region while protecting it from inappropriate development. It is envisaged that the outcome of the project will be a mosaic of properties, including both SANParks-managed and privately-owned land. A number of private game reserves are located within the zone.

The first phase of the corridor project will run from 2012 until February 2014.

Camdeboo National park surrounds the town of Graaff-Reinet, covering 19 405 hectares while the 28 412-hectare Mountain Zebra National Park is located near Cradock.

All interested parties are invited to an information session Open Day on 16 May 2012 in Graaff-Reinet. The meeting will commence at 2pm in the Graaff-Reinet Methodist Church hall, Caledon Street.


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Re: Camdeboo Corridor Project to enhance conservation status

Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:01 pm

And nobody has even bothered to comment on this!

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This is the best news since the lions arrived in Karoo NP!

Hope this means that all those vast grasslands with big teeming herds will be conserved. I have always dreamt of a proper highveld/grassland NP for South Africa, with animal migrations etc.

Wonder how long it will take, and when all the predators will return too? Does this mean that any animal species will be relocated here, or is the quota full already?

At last the Cape will have a beautiful grassland park with stunning mountain scenery as well.

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Re: Camdeboo Corridor Project to enhance conservation status

Unread postby saraf » Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:22 am

I must say it does sound great. And a wonderful achievement for SANParks, pulling together what must be a disparate set of people with their own agendas.

Would it be possible to get the plans and discussion documents posted so we know what the plans are, what is involved, what the effects are going to be?
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Re: Camdeboo Corridor Project to enhance conservation status

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:08 pm

Fantastic. :clap: :clap:

Let's hope all stakeholders work rowards this.
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Re: Camdeboo Corridor Project to enhance conservation status

Unread postby oddesy » Wed May 09, 2012 11:35 am

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Re: Camdeboo Corridor Project to enhance conservation status

Unread postby Hawk » Sun May 20, 2012 12:10 pm

What wonderful news. Isn't it sad that so little attention is paid to positive developments such as this on the forum.
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Re: Camdeboo Corridor Project to enhance conservation status

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Sun May 20, 2012 3:24 pm

Indeed. Hope there are more updates on plans soon
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Re: Camdeboo Corridor Project to enhance conservation status

Unread postby Salva » Mon May 21, 2012 10:43 am

Agree with you Hawk!

It is by far the most important and exciting SANP project. If their plans work out good, this park/area can become a new flagship for Sanparks and for SA tourism as a whole.

Imagine the re-creation of old Karoo migration patterns and the re-appearance of now extinct inhabitants. Top it with a fabulous scenery and the absence of malaria.

I have seen that Samara Private Game Reserve is very happy with the project and willing to participate. here is the link. I hope Mods have no problem with it. It's the part of their website where they explain their vision on this project.

http://www.samara.co.za/vision.htm
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Re: Camdeboo Corridor Project to enhance conservation status

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Mon May 21, 2012 12:03 pm

Do you reckon they will introduce lions? According to the Samara website elephants also roamed freely here?

Will they need herbivore numbers up before introducing other predators?
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Open Day clarifies Mountain Zebra-Camdeboo Corridor Project

Unread postby Lesego » Wed May 23, 2012 9:54 am

The Open Day held in Graaff-Reinet on 16 May to provide information about the Mountain Zebra - Camdeboo Corridor Project has clarified the aims and scope of the project for those who attended.

A total of 24 interested people attended the Open Day meeting in the Methodist Church. This was regarded as a good turnout considering the meeting coincided with the NAMPO Agricultural Show.

Matthew Norval of the Wilderness Foundation opened the meeting with an explanation of the project partnership between the Wilderness Foundation and South African National Parks (SANParks) and the funding of the project.

SANParks’ Strategic Park Planning & Development Manager, Stephen Holness, gave a detailed overview of the corridor project which included the motivation behind the initiative.

Bronwyn Botha, Project Manager of the initiative, described the types of agreements on offer to landowners and explained some of the technical aspects of the project.

The main concern raised at the Open Day meeting was the implication of the project on the current management of agricultural land. Concerned farmers were assured that participation in the corridor initiative is entirely voluntary and that the main objective of the project was provide added protection to land in the form of environmental agreements.

Concerns that fence would be dropped and agriculture converted to game farming or reserves were allayed with the assurance that present activities can be accommodated by the various types of agreements.

It is hoped that the project will stimulate conservation-friendly economic development in the region while protecting it from inappropriate development. It is envisaged that the outcome of the project will be a mosaic of properties, including both SANParks-managed and privately-owned land. A number of private game reserves are located within the zone.

People who attended the Open Day left with a better understanding of the benefits and scope of the Mountain Zebra - Camdeboo Corridor Project.

A similar Open Day is planned for interested and affected people residing near Mountain Zebra National Park with the date and venue in Cradock to be announced soon.

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South African National Parks (SANParks)

Enquiries:
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Regional Marketing & Communications Manager
Addo Elephant * Camdeboo * Karoo* Mountain Zebra National Parks
Tel: (042) 233-8609 or 083 6508649
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Re: Open Day clarifies Mountain Zebra-Camdeboo Corridor Proj

Unread postby saraf » Wed May 23, 2012 7:11 pm

Thanks Lesego, that sounds really positive. Great that partnerships are being sought.
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