Who we are
CapeNature is the public institution mandated to promote and ensure biodiversity conservation within the Western Cape.

CapeNature manages most of the mountain catchments and reserves that supply ecosystem services to the citizens of the Western Cape. This requires good scientific data, a sound understanding of fynbos ecology and commitment to the principles of integrated biodiversity management and planning.

Much of these efforts are in remote areas out of the public eye, but have a direct bearing on the quality of life of millions of people in the province.

Conserving nature for a sustainable future.

To manage, conserve and promote our human, natural and heritage assets through best practice, access, benefit sharing and sustainable use.

CapeNature strives to create a work environment that nurtures people and motivates a high level of performance in putting people first through implementing the Batho Pele principles. The following are our core values:

  • Customer service – We undertake to take care of the needs of our internal and external customers by providing professional, high quality service and assistance.
  • Accountability – We encourage staff to take responsibility for our actions and outcomes.
  • Respect – We strive to treat people with care and courtesy, having a high regard for their wellbeing.
  • Ethics – We embrace environmental ethics in all we do and conduct ourselves in a moral and ethical manner.

CapeNature 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.