Guarding the Grasslands of Gauteng through biodiversity stewardship

Endangered Wildlife Trust
Publicado: 16 Noviembre 2020
Última edición: 16 Noviembre 2020
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Resumen

Gauteng Province is a hub for South Africa’s economic growth. Still, the urbanisation and population growth in the province places significant stress on its natural resources. The supportive ecological infrastructure is under threat, and it is necessary to implement conservation measures now. Protected area expansion is a priority in Gauteng, and in 2015 the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) partnered with the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) to establish the Gauteng Biodiversity Stewardship Programme (GBSP),  funded by the WWF Nedbank Green Trust. The GBSP was intended to catalyse the implementation of biodiversity stewardship (BDS) in Gauteng by increasing capacity within the GDARD and develop robust and relevant institutional structures for the sustainability of BDS in the province. The GBSP target was to publish the intent to declare 5,000 ha of private land as protected under the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, 57 of 2003, within three years.

Classifications

Región
África Oriente y África del Sur
Escala de aplicación
Subnacional
Ecosistema
Connective infrastructure, networks and corridors
Ecosistema urbano
Ecosistemas de pastizales
Pastizales templados, sabana, matorral
Áreas verdes (parques, jardines, bosque urbano)
Tema
Adaptación al cambio climático
Agricultura
Ciencia y investigación
Conectividad / conservación transfronteriza
Especies exóticas invasoras
Especies y la extinción
Fragmentación del hábitat y degradación
Gestión de tierras
Gobernanza de áreas protegidas
Planificación de la gestión de áreas protegidas
Servicios ecosistémicos
Turismo
Challenges
Sequía
Pérdida de la biodiversidad
Fuegos silvestres
Usos conflictivos / impactos acumulativos
Erosión
Pérdida de ecosistemas
Especies invasoras
Cacería furtiva
Cosecha insostenible, incluida la sobrepesca
Falta de acceso a financiación a largo plazo
Objectivos de Desarrollo Sostenible
ODS 3 - Salud y bienestar
ODS 11 - Ciudades y comunidades sostenibles
ODS 12 - Producción y consumo responsables
ODS 13 - Acción por el clima
ODS 15 - Vida de ecosistemas terrestres
ODS 17 - Alianzas para lograr los objetivos
Metas de Aichi
Meta 1: Aumento de la sensibilization sobre la biodiversidad
Meta 2: Valores de biodiversidad integrados
Meta 4: Producción y consumo sostenibles
Meta 5: Pérdida de hábitat reducida a la mitad o reducida
Meta 7: Agricultura, acuicultura y silvicultura
Meta 9: Especies exóticas invasoras prevenidas y controladas
Meta 10: Ecosistemas vulnerables al cambio
Meta 11: Las áreas protegidas
Meta 14: Los servicios ecosistemicos
Meta 17: Estrategias y planes de acción para la biodiversidad
Meta 19: Intercambio de información y conocimiento
Meta 20: Movilización de recursos de todas las fuentes

Ubicación

Gauteng, South Africa
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Impactos positivos

  1. Through the GBSP, a rigorous approach to the declaration of new protected areas has been established, based on tools and approaches tailored to the particular conditions of Gauteng, whilst meeting the legal requirements of the Protected Areas Act
  2. New protected areas totalling 10,634 ha (double the original project target) have been legally declared in areas of high biodiversity value through the biodiversity stewardship (BDS) process, contributing significantly to protected area expansion, the ecological integrity of Gauteng, and the maintenance of ecological functions and processes that serve both biodiversity and people.
  3. The EWT and GDARD have developed significant capacity and expertise in BDS implementation
  4. The strong working relationship between the EWT and GDARD has highlighted the collaborative nature of BDS and the successes that can be achieved through partnerships between landowners, provincial conservation authorities, and NGOs
  5. GDARD has embraced BDS as an effective approach to protected area expansion, and a successful permanent programme has been established
  6. The GDARD has already applied the knowledge and experience gained through the GBSP to assist with the declaration of a third proposed protected area made up of more than 100 landowners, situated in the buffer zone of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.

Contribuido por

Emily Taylor Endangered Wildlife Trust