Conserving the Cape Floristic Region

Mathieu Rouget, Mandy Barnett, Richard M. Cowling, Tracey Cumming, Fahiema Daniels, M. Timm Hoffman, Andrew Knight, Jeff Manuel, Jeanne Nel, Azisa Parker, Domitilla Raimondo and Tony Rebelo

in Fynbos

Published in print September 2014 | ISBN: 9780199679584
Published online October 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191791949 | DOI:
Conserving the Cape Floristic Region

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This chapter reviews the history of conservation in the Cape Floristic Region (CFR), highlights recent planning and implementation programmes, and suggests future avenues for research and implementation in the CFR. The CFR has witnessed major conservation interventions in the last fifteen years, encompassing a broad range of stakeholders and innovations. In the last ten years, large multi-sectoral conservation programmes have been initiated, providing a great opportunity to assess progress and to summarize lessons learned. More than a quarter of the CFR is protected under various agreements and recent conservation programmes have seen the development of biodiversity mainstreaming tools into the land use planning and production sectors. There has been a gradual shift in the integration of conservation assessments into other spatial planning processes in the CFR with uneven uptake. While various monitoring programmes and indicators have been proposed and established in the CFR, it remains a challenge to evaluate the effectiveness of conservation strategies. In this chapter, key lessons are summarized according to the main stages of conservation planning. Several worthwhile achievements can be noted ranging from tangible outcomes (such as protected area expansion) to less defined ones such as the building of institutional capacity. While this resulted in obvious conservation gains, the effectiveness of many interventions cannot be demonstrated yet. The CFR will also face new conservation challenges in the future and will require continuous adaptation — underpinned by a rigorous research ethic—of institutions to safeguard the biodiversity of this unique hotspot.

Keywords: conservation planning; implementation; effectiveness; biodiversity mainstreaming; lessons learned

Chapter.  10048 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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