Wildlands Conservation Trust, a dynamic KZN-based Non-Governmental Organisation, is partnering with K2C Networks for the implementation of an innovative programme aimed at benefitting the poor while they are taking care of eco-system restoration. The K2C/Wildlands Community Ecosystem Based Programme has two components: 1) River Restoration by removing alien plants in the Blyde Riverine Forests, 2) Tree/Waste Entrepreneurs: Tree/Waste Facilitators based at schools in support of K2C partners’ outreach programmes are employed to create networks of Community-based Entrepreneurs that grow trees/collect waste that is bartered for livelihood goods.
- The value of improving the provision of ecosystem services to residents of the region. With special reference to catchments, wetlands and rivers.
- The value of improving biodiversity conservation in particular in areas outside the formal protected areas.
- The value of creating sustainable local economic development.
- An overview of the existing enabling policy environment and its bottlenecks for the corridors (e.g. Protected Area Expansion Strategy and Stewardship Programme).
- To identify critical issues with planning and implementation
- To produce objective criteria that can be used to compare the corridors and select the best option.
- To provide basic guidance for the next phases.
- To identify possible funders for the future phases, and provide the application criteria required by these prospective funders.
A copy of the final feasibility study is attached below as well as an interesting article on the current state of our rivers as published in the Popular Mechanics Magazine December 2010 issue.