Land-use planning

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IMPROVE LANDSCAPES. CONNECT COMMUNITIES.

It made sense to include integrated land-use planning as a theme during ABI’s second phase. Partners successfully supported land-use planning during ABI’s first phase, between 2003 and 2010. And in fact, as a theme, it was awarded a ‘Highly Satisfactory’ commendation during the United Nations Development Programme evaluation (in 2010).

Today, it remains vital to work together across the landscape. So what do we mean when we speak of land-use planning?

This theme highlights the need to balance our environmental, social and economic opportunities in our use of the Overberg’s landscape. It ensures natural resources are used sustainably, and threats to our resources are addressed holistically.

 

For example, there are numerous threats to a healthy landscape. In the Overberg, wildfire and invasive alien plants are but two threats.

 

Fire and invasive species work closely together. Fire can kill invasive plants. But if an invaded area is not cleared after a fire, then it will quickly be overrun by young invasive plants again.

That means, when we plan, we need to take these relationships into account.

 

  • In the ABI context, we encourage the use of controlled burns in certain areas and conditions, as a cost-effective way to remove invasive plants.
  • We encourage alien clearing funding be allocated to that area as a priority, to remove the young plants that grow following fire.
  • This in turn creates “green” employment for many whose livelihoods depend on jobs in the natural resource management sector.

Land-use Planning

So, as an example of integrated land-use planning, the ABI Alien Clearing Programme works closely with the Greater Overberg Fire Protection Association (goFPA – also an ABI Partner), to where possible, dovetail these actions in support of landowners.

ABI Partners also work with experts in the field of climate change – to ensure planning on the landscape takes the changing climate into account, and that we mitigate where possible, and adapt where we can’t.

If ABI Partners work together to support land-use planning, the sustainability of resources is enhanced. Through common land use objectives, as ABI Partners, we can meet our conservation goals in a cost-effective way.

Theme leader:

Keir Lynch

(Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust)

keir@overbergrenosterveld.org.za

CONSERVATION EXPERTS IN THE OVERBERG

I see a wildfire.

Contact Fire & Rescue Services. Overberg (028 425 1690) or Overstrand: (028 312 2400)

I want to know more about controlled burns and other fire protection strategies.
I see an injured Blue crane, or other threatened bird.

Contact Overberg Crane Group: Keir Lynch (084 369 0969)

I want to know more about Cape leopards in areas of the Overberg, and how to protect them.
I want to know more about the sustainable harvesting of fynbos.
Who is the conservation authority of the Western Cape, the area that includes ABI?
Who do I speak to regarding managing water resources responsibly and looking at water quality?
I want to know more about Renosterveld.
Who do I speak to regarding collaboration of conservancies around the Western Cape?
Who do I speak to about conservation agriculture and soil conservation?

Contact Department of Agriculture, Western Cape – LandCare

CONSERVATION NEWS IN THE OVERBERG

Discussing the green economy in the Overberg

The green economy was the key theme at the recent Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative (ABI) AGM. The meeting was held in September outside Napier, and brought together land users, conservationists, government officials and entrepreneurs.

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