The Boland Trees for Bees pledge funds are allocated to Good Bee Food trees in Greenpop Forests For Life Terra Khaya Hogsback Reforestation project in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT
Greenpop work in collaboration with local partners on all their reforestation programmes. To date 12 621 trees have been planted with the local partner organisation – Wild Bird Trust
Forest Coordinates -32.5795, 26.91212
The Cape Parrot is threatened with only around 1800 individuals left in the wild. They along with many other species, are dependent on Mistbelt forest habitat. However, this habitat near Hogsback, Eastern Cape, has been degraded through previous conversion to exotic pine plantation, with forest margins also affected by alien invasive plants. The Department of Environment, Fisheries and Forestry is mandated to reforest this land, but does not have enough resources to do so. As such, Wild Bird Trust has been allocated 32.05 hectares of protected land to restore.
The Cape Parrot Project, run by Wild Bird Trust, aims to conserve the threatened, South African endemic, the Cape Parrot, through research, increasing habitat availability through restoration, and community involvement. In collaboration with Greenpop, this project is currently focusing on restoring 0.47 hectares of protected Mistbelt forest land through alien invasive plant management, natural regeneration management, and, where needed, active planting of 1500 indigenous tree seedlings. Additionally, this project will provide support to local communities by purchasing 1500 seedlings from the local communal Sompondo nursery.
OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE OF THE CURRENT PROJECT
- To contribute towards strategic restoration of degraded protected land in Hogsback, Eastern Cape through tree planting and alien vegetation management.
- To encourage natural regeneration which eventually mimics natural forest habitat, helps to connect fragmented forest patches, and assists in the dispersal of plants and animals within and between forest and grassland mosaics.
- To provide local communities with access to functional ecosystem services (increased water availability, reduced fire risk, improved soil quality), employment opportunities, and skills and knowledge related to ecosystem restoration.
- To understand, document, and share the ecological and social contributions of ecosystem restoration interventions through robust monitoring.
Project information, images and photographs by Julian van Jaarsveld supplied by Greenpop.
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