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.
South Africa’s Soutpansberg Mountains are noted for their high levels of species endemism and unique ecosystems. They form part of the core area of the UNESCO Vhembe Biosphere Reserve that also includes the northern Kruger National Park and Mapungubwe National Park and Cultural Landscape. Five different biomes are present in the Soutpansberg Protected Area (SPA) – namely forest, thicket, savannah, grassland and wetland. All the vegetation types that occur in the SPA are endemic to Limpopo Province, or the Soutpansberg Mountains, and have a relatively limited range. Despite this, less than 1% of the Soutpansberg Mountains is formally conserved and hence there is a critical need to declare more of this area under formal conservation status.
The Threatened Amphibian Programme (TAP) was initiated in 2012 and aims to:
1. Elevate the conservation importance of frogs and their freshwater and associated terrestrial habitats within southern Africa.
2. Implement conservation actions that align with global amphibian conservation goals.
3. Bridge the gap between research and on-the-ground conservation action by supporting and implementing relevant research projects.
4. Drive social change to promote behaviours that support sustainable natural resource use to the benefit of amphibians and their habitats.