We are active in the Eastern and Western Cape of South Africa.

Living Lands is active in three diverse landscapes in the Eastern and Western Cape of South Africa. Our work and projects are diverse, as are the landscapes and the people we work with.

Baviaanskloof

Situated between the Kouga and Baviaanskloof mountain ranges lies the remote and close-knit community of the Baviaanskloof. Collaborations are centered on the ecological rehabilitation, testing and implementing regenerative farming practices, supporting local business development and wildlife management.

Location: Eastern Cape, South Africa

Biome: Thicket, Fynbos, Nama-karoo, Succulent karoo, Grassland, Savannah and Forest

Time active: 12 years

Current Landscape Funders:

The Coca Cola Foundation (TCCF) Rain

Global Environment Facility 5

Nationale Postcode Lotterij (NPL)

Commonland

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Implementation of ecological rehabilitation activities by Living Lands has resulted in the development of the standalone Baviaanskloof Bewarea NPC. Living Lands provides ongoing management and supporting activities to ensure that ecological rehabilitation in the Baviaanskloof continues and is of value to local farmers.

Our work also supports the Baviaanskloof DevCo, an essential oils company set up to diversify income streams in the area. Currently focusing on rosemary oil production, Living Lands supports the implementation of regenerative agriculture principles in line with organic requirements and Research & Development related to product diversification.

Mountain zebras have been re-introduced as part of the veld management strategy coordinated by the Baviaanskloof Bewarea NPC, whilst management of the kudu population through long-term monitoring is ongoing.

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Langkloof

The Langkloof, comprising the Kouga and Kromme catchments, lies to the south of the Baviaanskloof. It is an important agricultural area, with a diversity of ecosystems, people and long history. Our work has supported sustainability in the local honeybush industry and combines this with invasive species management.

Location: Eastern Cape, South Africa

Biome: Fynbos

Time active: 8 years

Current Landscape Funders:

Commonland 

WWF Nedbank Green Trust 

The Coca-Cola Foundation

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The Langkloof is an important agricultural region known for pome fruit production. It is also the source area for two dams that supply Nelson Mandela Bay and the City of Gqeberha with water.

Holistic veld management is being trialed, encompassing the diverse activities on the landscape from alien tree management to wild honeybush augmentation.

The harvesting of honeybush to make a herbal tea is engrained in the history of the Langkloof. The sustainable Honeybush programme is ensuring that honeybush and the surrounding fynbos is managed with the future in mind.

Cape Town Catchments

The Cape Town Catchments are vital water sources for the Western Cape and also provide important agricultural, environmental and industrial value. However, invasive alien vegetation, riverbank erosion and pollution by industry and residents threaten the catchments. We work to develop innovative rehabilitation projects that enable improved functioning and resilience of the land.

Location: Western Cape, South Africa

Biome: Fynbos

Time active: 6 years

Landscape Funders:

LandCare - Dept of Agriculture

Water Research Commission

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The Berg and Breede are active agricultural rivers which provide water for the grain, livestock and fruit industries, in particular wine and table grapes. 

We fullfill the role of Secretariat for the Upper Breede Collaborative Extension Group which is a hub for collaboration and knowledge exchange aimed at coordinating socio-ecological interventions in the area.

Facilitating knowledge exchange between researchers and implementers is a key activity on the landscape to inform long-term monitoring and continous learning-by-doing.

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Learn more about our projects in each landscape by visiting our resources section.