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Veld and Flora of the Little Karoo
Prepare a field guide of the flora of the Little Karoo that will include illustration and discussion of the different habitat types and the flora of the region.
Land Conservation Facilitation for Leslie Hill Succulent Karoo Trust
Investigate alternative mechanisms for land-management arrangements using land purchases that will enable the creation of conservation areas in priority areas of the Succulent Karoo Hotspot under high land-use pressure.
Retention and Restoration of the Biodiversity of the Little Karoo
Develop and disseminate spatial data that will enable sound land-use decisions affecting the ecology, biodiversity, and economy of the Little Karoo region.
Public Participation for an Integrated Conservation and Development Strategy for Akkerendam Nature Reserve
Facilitate a process of public awareness and involvement for the creation of an integrated conservation and development strategy for Akkerendam Nature Reserve, located in Calvinia in the Hantam-Tanqua-Roggeveld geographic priority area.
SKEPPIES Fund (SKEP Partnering In your Environment)—A Fund for Conservation and Development in the Succulent Karoo
Building on the successful pilot phase of this initiative, provide small grants aimed at supporting integrated conservation and development projects that improve livelihoods and achieve a biodiversity conservation benefit in the Succulent Karoo Hotspot.
SKEPPIES Project Development Support
Strengthen linkages between conservation and development through the implementation of projects by civil society and government and develop best practices for the creation of a long-term mechanism that donors or government funds can use to expand their ability to channel funds to grassroots projects in support of the Succulent Karoo Ecosystem Program's 20-year conservation targets.
SKEPPIES Fund (SKEP Partnering In your Environment)—A Fund for Conservation and Development in the Succulent Karoo - Pilot Phase
Conduct a pilot phase for the establishment of a small grants fund for the Succulent Karoo aimed at supporting integrated conservation and development projects that improve livelihoods and achieve a biodiversity conservation benefit.
Restoring the Biodiversity of the Roggeveld-Renosterveld: Evaluation, Multiplication, and Establishment of Indigenous Plant Species on Old Agricultural Fields
Increase understanding and knowledge of six key plant species found in the Roggeveld and their use in rangeland restoration. Create awareness among local farmers on the need to restore and manage old agricultural lands, and make available viable seed stock.
Small Grants for Global Conservation of Amphibian Diversity Within Hotspots
Develop and implement the Amphibian Action Fund aimed at the long-term conservation of amphibian species, and their habitats, within biodiversity hotspots around the globe. This fund will make available small grants of up to $10,000 to be awarded to individuals and groups working within the hotspots on targeted amphibian conservation activities.
Sharing Lessons From the Succulent Karoo on Conservation Assessment and Planning
Share lessons from and develop technical skills to apply in conservation planning projects in the Succulent Karoo through participation in the 2005 Society for Conservation Biology Congress and 2006 Biodiversity Planning Forum by presenting an oral paper and participating in relevant discussions and training workshops.
Vegetation Classification, Mapping, Condition Assessment and Monitoring of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve with Specific Emphasis on the Impact of the Mega Herbivores
Conduct vegetation monitoring on the 54,000-hectare Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in the Central Little Karoo, to monitor the impact of reintroduced mega-herbivores.
Impacts of Herbivores on the Succulent Karoo Vegetation of Anysberg Nature Reserve
Conduct a rapid assessment to map grazing impacts in all geographic priority areas within the Anysberg Nature Reserve, so that fine-scale conservation and monitoring plans and interventions can be developed for priority areas most heavily used by game.
The Botanical Importance of the Roggeveld: Tankwa Region
Collect and analyze baseline botanical data for the Hantam/Tankwa/ Roggeveld region to identify priority areas and centers of endemism. Prepare a detailed vegetation map and a field guide of the Roggeveld and Tankwa regions.
A Transformation Map for the Little Karoo
Develop a classification system for illustrating the current degradation status of the different vegetation types in the Little Karoo. Use the classification system to generate a map of Little Karoo vegetation degradation status, in terms of grazing impacts and current land use, using a combination of multi-resolution and multi-temporal satellite imagery. Produce a transformation map of the Little Karoo, suitable for 1:50,000 scale mapping and modeling applications, which describes the spatial extent of transformation within each vegetation unit.
A Vegetation Map for the Little Karoo
Prepare a vegetation map at a scale of 1:50,000 and accompanying document that will i) identify Little Karoo vegetation units at four levels; ii) include diagnostic descriptions and photographic examples of the units; iii) identify key indicator species and structural characteristics of the units; and iv) provide comments on ecological significance.
Alternative Small Predator Management Techniques in the Succulent Karoo : Options to Conserve Biodiversity
Explore an innovative alternative small predator management technique on private lands surrounding Namaqua National Park, South Africa. Seven Anotalolian shepherd dogs will be supplied to landowners in an effort to limit stock losses and reduce the use of harmful small mammal traps on farms.
Ecological Interactions and Impact of the Tent Tortoise (Psammobates tentorius) on the Succulent Karoo Biome
Conduct baseline studies on the ecology and distribution of the tent tortoise in the Succulent Karoo, identify priority sites for conservation, and produce sustainable management guidelines for land users within the Succulent Karoo. The project will generate public awareness of the tent tortoise as a flagship species meriting conservation attention.
Alienate the Aliens: Phase One
Conduct Phase 1 of a project aimed at eradicating alien trees and shrubs. Phase 1 would entail identifying and contacting landowners, and holding workshops for consultation and generation of MOUs with the landowners for cooperation and contributions.
Southern Namib Restoration Ecology Information Package
Produce two popular publications (a pamphlet and a small handbook on plant relocation) on the topic of restoration following mining operations.