Summary

Project Title |  Fynbos Site Review & Recommendations for Conservation and Management 

Client Name | Fynbos Nature Reserve (Pty) Ltd.

Collaborators | Marcelo Rangel, Nadia von Christierson

Location | Southern coast of South Africa, between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay

 

 

Services Provided

The Fynbos is one of the most threatened vegetation types in the world and is already a conservation area with many conservation tactics in place. In Site was brought in to make site observations and an evaluation to support and strengthen the conservation plan. 

In Site visited the site over the course of several days of observation, photo registering, geotagging points of particular interest, identification of key opportunities and challenges at the site, and larger context analysis within the Robberg Coastal Corridor.  Observations also included interviews with on site staff and local experts. A presentation of biomimetic land management opportunities for biological corridors was given to Eden to Addo Biological Corridor volunteers and stakeholders. Observations and recommendations were presented in a report and allowed the land manager to inform his own staff regarding newly identified alien species and share the findings with the adjacent land owners as well as the head of South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) in their continuous efforts to conserve and restore the biological corridor.

 

Key Highlights

  • Identification of alien and invasive plants with recommendation for mitigation and control

  • Border effect management between the conservation area and the adjacent farmland by promoting a "living barrier" and nutrient rich runoff management

  • Recommendation for making a detailed botanical mapping considering the level of threat to the endemic flora

  • Recommendation to extend corridor from the land to the ocean in order to form the basis for implementing best practices for the fishing community