Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative:


ABI’s Constitution was ratified at the launch of the second phase of ABI’s operations, on 7 June 2012 at the meeting held in Baardskeerdersbos. At this meeting, partners agreed that ABI become a voluntary association, which any organisation or individual striving towards ABI’s ideals could join.

Partners also decided that projects from across the entire Overberg-area be included – as opposed to just on the Agulhas Plain, which had been the focus area during the first phase of ABI (2003-2010).

At this meeting, partners adopted the new goal: To foster biodiversity through sustainable and integrated socio-cultural-, economic and environmental development in the Overberg.

The following were elected to serve on the 2020/21 ABI Committee with potential new members yet to be approached:

  • Cornie Swart (Chair)
  • Sean Privett
  • Chris Martens
  • Eugene Hahndiek
  • Lesley Richardson
  • Rulien Volschenk
  • Carla Ackerman (Green economy)
  • Gina Mentoor (Nature-based tourism)
  • Johan Burger (Land-use planning)
  • Brett Sander


To read the full Constitution, click here.



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Located around the most southerly tip of Africa, the Overberg region is the showcase of some of the most beautiful landscapes.



ABI is coordinated by the Flower Valley Conservation Trust.