Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy of Western Cape Fynbos
The Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy is an initiative established in 1999 to save the Western Cape Fynbos prevalent in the area. After the establishment of the Grootbos Nature reserve, it became apparent that conservation efforts being carried out needed to stretch to a wider horizon than the reserve in order to make a contribution to the South Africa plant and flora conservation. The Grootbos Foundation and other parties were responsible for engineering the Walker Bay fynbos Conservancy efforts, bringing 22 land owners and 12 179 hectares of land managed collectively for conservation. This includes the coastal and mountain types of Western Cape fynbos.
The Walker Bay fynbos Conservancy has formulated projects concerned with fire reaction, alien clearing and tourism management, which in turn will offer continuity in the management of the area, creating tourist attractions and access to the natural resources of the area. In South Africa, plant conservation creates employment opportunities for locals and teaches them a skill with which to sustain their families.
The tourism potential of the area is being raised through the Grootbos Foundation and its partners’ creation of joint venture marketing strategies, aiming to highlight the facilities available and the linking of properties through 4×4 trails, horseback trails and employment opportunities for the local community.
The Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy efforts taking place in the Western cape fynbos at Grootbos Private Game Reserve is a positive and encouraging example to South Africa and plant conservation efforts.