Marine Protected Areas With a Focus on the De Hoop Marine Protected Area
Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are crucial for safeguarding species and maintaining the balance of ecosystems. They also contribute to the sustainability of fisheries, which in turn supports livelihoods and boosts the economy. In South Africa, at least 3.6 million people depend on coastal food resources for subsistence, MPAs are managed through the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act (Act No. 57 of 2003) and associated regulations. CapeNature oversees six of the 13 MPAs along the Western Cape coast, including the De Hoop MPA.
Five CapeNature Reserves to Visit for Wellness
Nature has long been associated with healing, relaxation, and rejuvenation. The vast landscapes and unique environments found at CapeNature reserves in South Africa offer the perfect backdrop for visitors looking for a wellness escape. Here are five CapeNature reserves that offer the perfect blend of outdoor adventure and wellness activities for visitors.
The Cape Karoo: Tranquil Waterfalls, Stargazing Skies, Serenity, and Off the Grid
The Cape Karoo is truly a remarkable place with its rugged mountain ranges and captivating plant life. Its unique beauty lies in the serene and secluded surroundings, offering a sense of tranquillity and peace. The region is renowned for its historic wonders, including the famous Cango Caves, which showcase breath taking underground formations and enchanting waterfalls that cascade down rocky cliffs, adding to its natural allure.
CapeNature Support Schools and Communities With Sustainable Indigenous Gardens
CapeNature recently launched its Greening Initiatives, a new project under its Plant One Million Trees campaign. The project intends to help communities and schools become more environmentally friendly by assisting them with planning, creating, and maintaining indigenous gardens, with the emphasis on sustainable gardening practices.
Biodiversity Crimes Awareness Initiatives in the South Landscape
CapeNature is a managing authority that protects naturally occurring plant and animal life (biodiversity) in the Western Cape. Awareness and capacity-building initiatives were conducted in collaboration with local stakeholders in the respective landscape units.
The Biodiversity of the Western Cape
The annual CapeNature Conservation Review provides an opportunity to highlight some of the achievements over the last year related to our work in Biodiversity Conservation, Tourism, and Community Engagement.
Conservation Review 2023
As we celebrate World Environment Day on June 5th, CapeNature is thrilled to present a selection of captivating presentations that were prepared for the 2023 Conservation Review.
Going Green: Establishing Sustainable School and Community Gardens
CapeNature, has recently launched a new project under its Plant One Million Tree Campaign. The Greening Initiatives project aims to help schools and communities become more environmentally friendly by providing assistance in planning, creating, and maintaining indigenous gardens and garden areas.
CapeNature video production recognized at the 5th International Tourism Film Festival Africa
One of CapeNature’s video productions, “Customer Service values - Eco-tourism and Biodiversity Conservation” filmed at its popular Gamkaberg Nature Reserve, was selected among 378 entries from 59 countries as a finalist at the 5th Edition of the International Tourism Film Festival Africa (ITFFA).
Escape the Winter - 13 Reserves That Suit a Tight Budget
CapeNature is thrilled to unveil an irresistible offer that will warm your heart and your wallet. Immerse yourself in the #CapeNatureWinterWarmer promotion, where you can indulge in nature's finest, cosy fireplaces and eco-friendly hot tubs while enjoying a phenomenal 40% discount on bookings made between 1 May and 31 July 2023.
Aponogeton distachyos: The Waterblommetjie
One can only marvel at the art of botanical drawings. In Figure 1, a coloured engraving of flowering and fruiting stems of Aponogeton distachyos, by F. Sansom, after S. Edwards (Wellcome Collection) can be seen. This very old drawing, done around 1810, beautifully depicts the different parts of this specific plant, best known in the Afrikaans vernacular as waterblommetjies.
CapeNature Rewards Children for Environmental Action Projects
Since the launch of CapeNature’s club for children a year ago, its members have been very busy doing their part to save our environment. On the weekend of 13 May, the entity rewarded its top members with an overnight camp at Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve.