Drylands Conservation Programme

Approximately 60% of South Africa is classified as semi-arid and is severely affected by climate change and proposed unsustainable developments. The Drylands Conservation Programme operates in the vast Karoo. We work with landowners, communities and partners to promote, sustain, secure and restore the ecological integrity of outstanding drylands biodiversity. Our approach is inclusive, pragmatic, innovative, and science based. We promote the sharing of knowledge for a more sustainable approach to managing drylands for the benefit of ecosystems and human communities.

The drylands of South Africa are poorly protected, however, through collaboration and partnerships we can secure this fantastic landscape and its unique wildlife.

Dryland conservation projects

  • The promotion of Sustainable Land Management practices (www.karooforever.org.za)
  • The formal protection of unique dryland habitats through Provincial Biodiversity Stewardship Programmes or contractual means.
  • Cryptic species research achieved through novel and technological innovation.
  • Projects that support communities through e-learning, training and skills development to improve social resilience.

 Our focal areas in the Nama and Succulent Karoo

  • Loxton, Beaufort West, Victoria West and Carnarvon
  • Nieuwoudtville
  • The West Coast
  • Touwsriver and Montagu
  • Baviaanskloof area

Key dryland species we conserve

  1. Riverine Rabbit (Bunolagus monticularis)
  2. De Winton’s Golden Mole (Cryptochloris wintoni)
  3. Van Zyl’s Golden Mole (Cryptochloris zyli)
  4. Karoo Dwarf Tortoise (Chersobuis boulengeri)
  5. Speckled Padloper (Homopus signatus)
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