Guarding the Grasslands of Gauteng through biodiversity stewardship

Endangered Wildlife Trust
Publié: 16 novembre 2020
Dernière modification: 16 novembre 2020
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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.


Afrique de l'Est et du Sud
Échelle de la mise en œuvre
Connective infrastructure, networks and corridors
Espaces verts (parcs, jardins, forêt urbaine)
Prairie tempérée, savane, maquis
Écosystème urbain
Écosystémes des prairies
Adaptation au changement climatique
Connectivité / conservation transfrontières
Espèces exotiques envahissantes
Fragmentation et la dégradtion de l'habitat
Gestion des aires protégées
Gestion des espèces
Gestion des terres
Gouvernance des aires protégées
Science et recherche
Services écosystèmiques
Perte de biodiversité
Utilisations conflictuelles / impacts cumulatifs
Perte de l'écosystème
Espèces envahissantes
Récolte non durable, y compris la surpêche
Manque d'accès au financement à long terme
Objectifs de Développement Durable
ODD 3 - Bonne santé et bien-être
ODD 11 - Villes et communautés durables
ODD 12 - Consommation et production responsables
ODD 13 - Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
ODD 15 - Vie terrestre
ODD 17 - Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
Obectifs d'Aichi
Objectif 1: Sensibilisation accrue de la biodiversité
Objectif 2: Valeurs de la biodiversité intégrées
Objectif 4: Production et consommation durables
Objectif 5: Perte d'habitat réduite de moitié ou diminuée
Objectif 7: Agriculture, aquaculture et sylviculture durable
Objectif 9: Espèces exotiques envahissantes évitées et contrôlées
Objectif 10: Ecosystèmes vulnérables au changement climatique
Objectif 11: Aires protégées
Objectif 14: Services des écosystèmes
Objectif 17: Stratégies de la biodiversité et des plans d'action
Objectif 19: Partage de l'information et de la connaissance
Objectif 20: Mobiliser toutes les ressources disponibles


Gauteng, South Africa
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Les impacts positifs

  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.

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Emily Taylor Endangered Wildlife Trust