Support available for Western Cape conservancies
Conservancies in the Western Cape are being encouraged to get in contact with Conservation at Work, the umbrella body for all conservancies in the province. Conservation at Work offers conservancies support, guidance and representation on a national scale.
Conservation at Work was formerly called the Western Cape Conservation Stewardship Association, which was constituted in 2004. It is now undergoing a 21-month strengthening phase, which included its rebranding, after receiving funding from the Table Mountain Fund last year.
Currently the organisation is meeting with conservancies around the Western Cape to assess their challenges, find ways to offer guidance and promote private conservation interests. It has compiled a business plan and implementation model to become sustainable.
According to Anne du Plessis, project coordinator of Conservation at Work, the association aims to provide value adding services and support to its members. “This association will ultimately become a one-stop-shop for members, stakeholders and funders in terms of conservation management best practice, expanding the protected area footprint on privately owned land and the mobilisation of resources for conservation projects on private land.”
Conservation at Work will holds its annual general meeting on 22 November at the Paul Cluver Wine Estate. For more information, contact Anne Du Plessis (email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 021 702 2884).