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Wake up to the sound of birds humming, views that enlighten and encourage your mood for the day, and cosy accommodation that makes you feel at home, but instead, you find yourself immersed in the wonders of CapeNature’s 25 nature reserves.
Move to Protect Wildlife From Snares in the Western Cape
Several leading conservation, animal welfare and volunteer organisations have joined forces to launch a project aimed at providing a coordinated response to snared wildlife incidents, as well as improved training, data collection and awareness about snaring in the Western Cape.
Western Cape Disaster Management on High Alert for Very Cold Weekend
The Western Cape Disaster Management Centre is putting measures in place to deal with what is predicted to be a very cold weekend in the Western Cape. An intense cut-off low weather system is making landfall this evening, and heavy rains, strong coastal winds, together with very low temperatures and snow over high lying areas, are expected, Anton Bredell, Western Cape Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning said today.
From Laws to Conservation: Protecting Seabirds in South Africa’s Coastal Waters
Seabird protection in South Africa is ensured through the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004 (Act No. 10 of 2004), and the Sea birds and Seals Protection Act (No. 46 of 1973). These laws specifically address the conservation of biodiversity and safeguarding marine habitats and their inhabitants. The marine environment, covering 70% of the Earth’s surface, plays a vital role in supporting diverse species and providing valuable ecosystem services.
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.
Winter Warmers to Live in the Moment and Connect With Nature
Winter getaways are perfect for warm cuddles and snuggles around the outdoor firepit or creating memories with loved ones around the indoor fireplace, don’t you think?