CapeNature manages most of the mountain catchments and reserves that supply ecosystem services to the citizens of the Western Cape.

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 region.

CapeNature launched its State of Biodiversity Programme (SoBP) to assess and monitor the state of biodiversity in the Western Cape in 1999. The State of Biodiversity Review is published every five years.

State of Biodiversity

Download the 2012 State of Biodiversity


Biodiversity compliance

Human activity continues to threaten the world’s wildlife. The pressures of development, commercial exploitation, illegal trade in fauna and flora, sport and conflict with human populations negatively impacts on the wildlife of the Western Cape.

Integrated catchment management

Integrated Catchment Management includes the effective management of fire, invasive alien species, biodiversity and a steady supply of freshwater, while coping with and guiding land-use planning and development.  Catchment Management provides a large quantity of quality water for use by people of the Western Cape.

Landscape scale conservation

In order to ensure biodiversity survives in a changing climate, landscape-scale conservation aims to identify key biodiversity corridors and link or expand these sites, and manage them using natural processes, while providing tangible benefits to the local communities and shareholders.

Socio-economic Development

Sustainable conservation cannot happen without the involvement of local communities. In order to ensure sustainability, communities need to experience the socio-economic benefits of conservation. They also need to be empowered to manage their own natural resources in a sustainable way.

Biodiversity awareness and education

All our activities are geared towards education for sustainability within our surrounding communities and especially including the youth of the Western Cape. We create an enabling environment that provides the youth and people of the Western Cape with opportunities for life skills, environmental or biodiversity awareness and even accredited training within the conservation field.