Meet our Biodiversity Finalists!


image003Here they are – our dynamic Eco-Logic Biodiversity Finalists for 2015/16. The Biodiversity Award is awarded to  an organisation for a successful biodiversity protection, rehabilitation, or damage mitigation programme.


Cape Flats LIFE logo



Did you know that as Cape Town expands, nearly all of its unique lowland vegetation types are being lost? This doesn’t need to happen!

Cape Flats LIFE

Cape Flats LIFE, a community organisation, works with the City of Cape Town Nature Conservation and the Friends of Zeekoevlei & Rondevlei to encourage the planting and protection of locally indigenous flora. This enhances biological and social welfare on the Cape Flats while conserving precious fynbos wildlife.

The Cape Flats Fynbos Nursery supplies indigenous plants, advice and landscaping services for greening projects involved with developing urban biodiversity corridors. These include community outreach and biodiversity gardens, larger landscaping projects, eco-pools and rehabilitation projects in the City’s nature reserves.

The project raises awareness around threatened vegetation through digital and social media, community talks, workshops and signage. The upcoming roll-out of a retail nursery network across Cape Town will enable the public to buy suitable Cape lowland plant species for revegetation and inspire civil society to act as local biodiversity stewards.

Cape Flats LIFE has worked closely with the Department of Environmental Affairs’ Youth Environmental Services (YES) programme and looks forward to supporting the WESSA EcoSchools programme at Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve with a newly-developed interschools fynbos growing and gardening programme.

Woodwinds Circle Community GardenWoodwinds Circle Community Garden



Cape Flats Fynbos Nursery

Cape Flats Fynbos Nursery



Cape Flats Fynbos Nursery

Cape Flats Fynbos Nursery

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For the EWT, successful conservation means protecting the habitats that support species – and human beings.

Endangered Wildlife Trust

The Endangered Wildlife Trust is one of the oldest and most well-respected conservation organisations in southern Africa.

Through our varied specialist programmes, some of which have been running for over 40 years, we are able to identify key threats to our environment and its precious wildlife and reduce these threats by developing innovative strategies combined with established best practices.

We fill the key niche of implementing conservation action through applied field work, research and direct engagement with stakeholders. By protecting habitats, we ensure that entire ecosystems, communities and socio-economic structures reap the benefits.

EWT staff in action - working with Grade 1 pupils

EWT staff in action – working with Grade 1 pupils



EWT is a partner in the The Anglo African Grass-Owl Project



Community-elected Rhino Ambassadors help conserve rhinos and biodiversity. These ambassadors conduct school visits, community outreach programmes and door-to-door environmental education.

Environmental Education for Rhino Ambassadors – WESSA

Elected by community members in the Kruger to Canyon Biosphere, Rhino Ambassadors work to conserve rhinos and other biodiversity. In partnership with SANPARKS and K2C, ambassadors create awareness about rhino conservation among communities living near or alongside nature reserves, game farms and national parks.

Rhino Ambassadors conduct school visits, community outreach programmes and door-to-door environmental education.

As an accredited training provider, WESSA offers the rhino ambassadors an NQF Level 5 Environmental Educators Course.

WESSA has also developed a “Biodiversity Bag” toolkit, with funding from The Success Academy, which has helped train more than 50 ambassadors to date and equipped them with useful tools required to do their work.

WESSA Rhino Ambassadors

Rhino Ambassadors with Environmental Educator/WESSA Course facilitators


(Above and below) WESSA Course Facilitator at work







The GreenMatter network has influenced the development of over 17 000 emerging and current biodiversity leaders.


This public-private network drives the development of biodiversity skills and transformation in South Africa. Working with, and for the sector, GreenMatter implements the 20-year National Biodiversity Human Capital Development Strategy (NBHCDS) that responds to the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plan (NBSAP) and National Development Plan (NDP).

GreenMatter develops the technicians, researchers, specialists and leaders responsible for cutting-edge biodiversity management and conservation across sectors. Through its core, a national partner network and online platforms, GreenMatter has influenced the development of over 17 000 emerging and current biodiversity leaders.

In the last five years GreenMatter has conceptualised initiatives, mobilised resources and implemented more than 20 national projects. It has created the means for key players to collaborate, develop and provide much needed open-source biodiversity careers information. The GreenMatter Fellowship has developed a cohort of future biodiversity leaders and has enabled skill-aspiring biodiversity enviropreneurs to become job and opportunity creators. Workshops, toolkits and teacher development in the life sciences are among the ways GreenMatter develops capacity. It advocates for greater collaboration in support of Biodiversity Human Capital Development through the establishment of platforms such as the National Environmental Skills Summit (NESS).


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The Healthy Catchment Alliance is an NGO partnership that works as a collective to address complex social and ecological issues that are intrinsically linked. We recognise that if we want healthy rivers and catchments, then we need to build strong partnerships.

The Healthy Catchment Alliance: An EWT, WESSA and CSA partnership

 The Healthy Catchment Alliance (HCA) is a formal partnership between the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) and Conservation South Africa (CSA). This NGO collaboration maximises our conservation impact by bringing our different skill sets, expertise and experience together in targeted projects and initiatives.

The HCA recognises that conservation is changing and we can no longer work on just biodiversity or water issues in isolation but that we need to integrate ‘more broader issues such as human population pressure, health and welfare of the communities in which we work, education, human rights and gender empowerment, and business and the economics of micro-enterprise. The Alliance protects and supports the management of strategic river catchments while stimulating change in conservation perceptions and driving local green economies. It also forms a collective voice against unsustainable or illegal development that threatens biodiversity and human livelihoods.

The Alliance has already achieved some of our key outcomes: we have secured and are managing high priority biodiversity stewardship sites in the Drakensberg, developed conservation plans for two Endangered and Critically Endangered freshwater species, improved management of over 500ha of land, established two active community forums, signed up 16 EcoSchools and we have assisted local people to register five new Eco-Businesses in the Amathole region.


Healthy Catchment Alliance Eco-Rangers



Mini SASS Demonstration

Mini SASS Demonstration



Livestock Improvement Technique

Livestock Improvement Technique