Climate change, failing ecological infrastructure, mining threats, unsustainable land use practices, uncoordinated conservation and restoration initiatives, overlapping mandates, and poor buy-in from private landowners are some of the challenges constantly in competition with sustainable natural resource management (NRM). The challenge remains – how to improve the coordination of joint conservation and restoration goals and ensure individual landowner and community buy-in on a landscape scale. LandCare Area Wide Planning was the catalyst to start an innovative platform that resulted in an improved collaboration amongst various role-players. The benefit of such an innovative platform was the creation of a common vision by the various stakeholders who had a collective interest in the restoration of ecological infrastructure on a landscape level. Once common ground was found, challenges were analysed, and potential solutions were identified and put into effect. This network platform resulted in an improved coordination of restoration activities, commitment from the local communities, and innovative ways to create opportunities for the development of SMME’s through river restoration. The most powerful benefit of such an innovative platform is that it provides a vehicle to improve communication between government bodies and local communities. Farmers and other stakeholders could now voice their opinions and press for changes in policies, strategy, and implementation as an equal partner on a landscape scale. To scale up and out the different innovation platforms can generate, test, and implement local solutions to local problems, share ideas, learn from one another, and influence policies to have a nationwide impact.
Audio/Video, Conference Presentation, SER2019
Pre-approved for CECs under SER's CERP program
Society for Ecological Restoration