Gamkaberg: A Bastion Of Long-Term Sustainability In South Africa
Stephen is a travel writer and avid conservationist whose work appears in prestigious magazines such as Africa Geographic and Travel Africa.
The unknown Gamkaberg Nature Reserve in South Africa’s Little Karoo – home to three small genuine eco-lodges – is an unusual place.
Few conservation bodies have the desire or means to conserve natural areas for the long-term good of an entire biosphere without financial demands intruding upon this admirable objective, yet – in the Gamkaberg and Gouritz Biosphere Reserve – Cape Nature is doing just that. A public conservation organisation ahead of its time, Cape Nature aims to promote and facilitate the long-term sustainable use of lands under its control ahead of trying to make money from them.
It is hoped that by 2016 the biosphere reserve will have been expanded to cover an astounding three million hectares, encompassing the entire Gouritz catchment area with community-based natural resource management at the heart of on-going efforts to safeguard the integrity of this natural ecosystem. Uplifting and empowering the rural communities within the reserve to manage their resources in a sustainable way will go a long way to accomplishing this far-sighted goal.
Cape Nature’s innovative approach to conservation work has resulted in Gamkaberg Nature Reserve being selected amongst the continent’s 50 leading sustainable destinations and included by David Bristow and Colin Bell in their magnificent coffee table book: Africa’s Finest. If you’d like to get your hands on a copy of this stunning and important book, then you can order it here.
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