CapeNature is a public institution with the statutory responsibility for biodiversity conservation in the Western Cape. It is governed by the Western Cape Nature Conservation Board Act 15 of 1998 and mandated to: promote and ensure nature conservation; render services and provide facilities for research and training; and generate income.

CapeNature is driven by the vision of ‘conserving nature for a sustainable future’ and our mission is ‘to manage, conserve and promote our human, natural and heritage assets through best practice, access, benefit sharing and sustainable use.’ We achieve these objectives through various programmes and projects for example:

  • Community-based Natural Resource Management and Local Economic Development: Unlocking opportunities to ensure that the benefits of natural resources and their sustainable utilization and conservation are realized by local communities.
  • Youth Development: Using activities as a tool for the development of youth and developing in young people the knowledge and insight necessary for them to appreciate the heritage that will be passed on to them. Also providing them with the opportunity for developing the skills needed to make a success of that heritage.
  • Environmental Crime Investigation: Preventing, investigating and monitoring environmental crime
  • Fire Management: Developing effective partnerships to extend fire management throughout the province
  • Wildlife Management: Proactively manage conflict between humans and wildlife
  • Stewardship: Including private and communal land in the establishment of biodiversity corridors and the conservation of vital lowlands habitat remnants, through various incentives
  • Eco-tourism development: Developing nature-based recreational and tourism products and leveraging the Western Cape’s natural assets in such a way that protected areas become sought after tourist destinations, and more accessible and attractive to a greater proportion of our population

CapeNature is dependent on partnerships with other roleplayers and communities to implement its mandate to ensure a successful conservation economy in the Western Cape. It has already spearheaded many leading initiatives to implement this mandate.

In 2019, we celebrate 20 years of nurturing nature for you.

CapeNature Annual Reports are available for download below (files will open in a new tab):

CapeNature Annual Report 2008-2009

CapeNature Annual Report 2009-2010

CapeNature Annual Report 2010-2011

CapeNature Annual Report 2012-2013

CapeNature Annual Report 2013-2014

CapeNature Annual Report 2014-2015

Executive summary of Annual report 2014-15 (English)

Executive summary of Annual report 2014-15 (Afrikaans)

Executive summary of Annual report 2014-15 (Xhosa)

CapeNature Annual Report 2015-2016

CapeNature PAIA Manual

CapeNature Annual Report 2016-2017

Executive Summary of Annual Report 2016-2017 (English)

Executive Summary of Annual Report 2016-2017 (Afrikaans)

Executive Summary of Annual Report 2016-2017 (Xhosa)

CapeNature Annual Report 2017-2018

CapeNature Annual Report 2018-2019

CapeNature Annual Report 2019-2020

Annual Performance Plans

CapeNature Annual Performance Plan 2016/2017

CapeNature Annual Performance Plan 2019/2020

CapeNature Annual Performance Plan 2020/2021

CapeNature submitted in-year changes to its 2020/21 Annual Performance Plan due to the impact of COVID-19. These changes were approved by the relevant Provincial regulatory and oversight structures. Herewith please find an official communique from the entity’s CEO, Dr Razeena Omar in this regard as well as an annexure detailing the changes.

In-year changes to the 2020/21 Annual Performance Plan

CapeNature Annual Performance Plan 2021/2022

CapeNature Strategic Plan 2020-2025

State of Biodiversity Reports

State of Biodiversity Report 2002

State of Biodiversity Report 2007

State of Biodiversity Report 2012

State of Biodiversity Report 2017

Other Documents

CapeNature Terms and Conditions

COVID-19 Day Visitor Info Sheet

COVID-19 Overnight Visitor Info Sheet

Visitor 4-step check-in process