The greater Pietersfontein Community is pleased to inform the general public of the establishment of the ‘Pietersfontein Conservancy’ – the 99th Conservancy registered in the Western Cape by CapeNature.
A conservancy is established through the voluntary agreement between two or more landowners to cooperate towards the conservation of the environment on their combined properties.
Advantages of a conservancy include that the community shares in the management of the environment. Wildlife populations benefit and natural resources are sustainably utilized. There is an improvement of the environment’s conservation status, its economic and aesthetic value as well as in the provision of ecosystem services, such as pollination and water purification and environmental awareness is promoted.
A total area, spanning over 10352 Hectares and consisting of 31 farm properties, comprising 17 separate landowners, and covering three vegetation types, namely Fynbos, Renosterveld and Succulent Karoo was established in late 2021.
This significantly biodiverse area currently extends northwards of the R 318 from approximately 365 meters to the highest peak at 1432 meters above sea level, encompassing a vast water catchment area for the agricultural valleys below and dozens of critical biodiversity hotspots within it.
The Pietersfontein Conservancy would like to expand its boundaries and membership base and encourage other landowners in the vicinity to join this cause. Corporate or honorary membership is also obtainable, and enquiries should please be directed to:
078 173 9480