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Conservation in action

Celebrating gender equality in conservation

There is a number of women working at CapeNature in so-called non-conventional roles. The entity is known for creating an enabling environment where women employees can thrive and progress. 

Groenvlei Carp Project

The Invasive Fish Species Management Non Profit Company (IFSM) consists of a group of volunteers that approached CapeNature in 2018 to remove invasive carp from Groenvlei lake by means of fishing bows.

Bontebok conservation

The Greater De Hoop Conservation Area is the stronghold of bontebok conservation. Together, De Hoop Nature Reserve and the adjacent Overberg Test Range support almost half of all bontebok on protected areas.

What we do

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Latest news

1 Apr 2022
Firewood prohibited in all CapeNature reserves as a biodiversity precaution against Shot Hole Borer

After months of scientific research and in association with conservation stakeholders and expert engagement, CapeNature has taken the decision to prohibit firewood brought in by visitors in all their nature reserves. This precaution will be in effect from 01 April 2022 until further notice.

31 Jan 2022
CapeNature celebrates World Wetlands Day 2022 in anticipation of the official Berg River Estuary Ramsar site declaration

World Wetlands Day is recognised throughout the world on the 2nd of February each year. This special environmental calendar day marks the signing of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, an intergovernmental treaty with the mission to conserve wetlands.

30 Nov 2021
Rare plant monitoring at Waterval Nature Reserve

Waterval Nature Reserve is home to an incredible variety of special plant species, one of which is the Critically Endangered Sorocephalus imbricatus. One of the populations is very heavily overgrown with Pinus pinaster.

Marine, coasts and estuaries
Land and freshwater ecosystems
Events Calendar
4 Dec 2021
Virtual Penguin Palooza
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26 Oct 2021
A Marine Safari webinar
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19 Sep 2021 - 26 Sep 2021
Eden Festival of Action 2021
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Research and resource library

CapeNature staff collaborate extensively with researchers and conservation practitioners nationally and internationally. Conservation leadership and innovation publications enrich the thinking, understanding and appreciation of, and provide support for, the conservation of biodiversity and the value of protected areas.

You will find a selection of our recent peer-reviewed scientific papers from the last four years in our libary.

Latest resources

State of Conservation Report 2020

This is the first annual State of Conservation Report for the Western Cape. This succinct and visually rich report provides an overview of the status of priority conservation indicators as at the end 2019. The report highlights achievements, challenges, impacts and urgent actions required. 

Eco-Sense Issue Issue #58
State of Conservation Report 2021

The entity endeavours to provide annual snapshots of the conservation status of species and ecosystems, highlighting achievements and impacts. This is the second State of Conservation Report that will inform the Western Cape State of Biodiversity Report, as mandated by the newly assented Western Cape Biodiversity Act.

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