A year of bottom-up landscape conservation

annualreport

Annual report for 2015 – 2016

The Flower Valley Conservation Trust’s annual report for 2015 – 2016 financial year has been completed and is now available. It’s been a year where fynbos conservation has been prioritised from the bottom up: from our work in sustainable harvesting of fynbos, to the work in supporting invasive vegetation management. A special thank you to donors, partners and Flower Valley friends for supporting fynbos conservation and sustainable livelihoods during the year.

To read the full annual report, click here

Flower Valley’s 2014-15 annual report available

annual

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” ~ Helen Keller

Flower Valley Conservation Trust’s annual report for 2014-2015 is now available. For Flower Valley Conservation Trust, partnerships have always been key. We simply cannot protect our fynbos landscapes working in isolation. And given the many threats to fynbos, particularly from invasive alien plants, the pressure is mounting to together ensure our conservation efforts address all these threats, while reaching as much of the landscape as possible.

Click here to read the report.

Latest Flower Valley News

Flower Valley: Intervening to help protect our biodiversity.

It’s great when conservation and social efforts lead to tangible results. For Flower Valley, newsthat includes being part of the partnership that cleared 25,000 hectares of land of invasive alien plants in under a year. And playing our role in opening a new Early Childhood Development Centre in Masakhane. It’s exciting times for us, and we hope you enjoy some of our news and highlights shared below.

Latest Flower Valley News April 2o14 is now available.

Click here to read

Proteaceae findings published in SA Journal of Science

Many species from the Proteaceae family are known as the symbol of fynbos. They are alsoOne & Only Hotel (cape Town, South Africa) responsible for the bulk of the economic value generated by the fynbos wildflower industry. Now research on the Proteaceae, as highlighted at the Fynbos Forum held earlier this year, has been published in the South African Journal of Science.

Studies emphasised in the journal include the impact of climate change on the germination and seedling growth of a number of Proteaceae species. According to research by Anthony Rebelo, germination was reduced at higher temperatures, although some seeds could still germinate when temperatures were 3.5 °C higher.

Various studies also found that certain Proteaceae species were threatened by increased fires, and that contemporary fire intervals are sometimes too short for slow-maturing non-sprouting species to set seed.

Other matters were also addressed at the Fynbos Forum, and are included in the article. At a workshop held at the forum, the question was asked: ‘What are the most important questions from a management perspective?’ Fire was highlighted as a key topic (38%), followed by conservation planning (23%).

To read the article, as published in the South African Journal of Science, click here.

Year end letter from Flower Valley’s Executive Director

Dear Flower Valley friends, donors, partners and stakeholders

With 2011 coming to a close, it’s a good opportunity for us to take a higher-level look at the year that was, and at what lies ahead. For Flower Valley Conservation Trust, it has been a crucial year. While fynbos conservation and the sustainable harvesting thereof remains paramount, the Trust has also started playing a broader landscape conservation role – in itself, and with our partners in the Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative (ABI).

We would like to thank you for your support and assistance in this more inclusive role. If we’re going to enjoy any success in biodiversity conservation and in our preparation for climate change on the Agulhas Plain and beyond, we need to be communicating and acting together. That’s why we’re all vital players in this never-ending conservation campaign.

Of course, difficult times lie ahead – and we’re well aware of that heading into 2012. We know the Agulhas Plain is going to be particularly hard hit by climate change – and we need to prepare ourselves accordingly. We know of the problems created by rapidly expanding alien vegetation – and the key need to be working together if we stand any chance of eradicating them. We realise the need to build biodiversity-based entrepreneurial businesses in order to create jobs. And we continue to highlight the importance of sustainable fynbos harvesting, to protect this wonderful resource and the livelihoods that live off it.

Those are only some of our focus points come 2012. And we look forward to taking them on with all our conservation partners on the Agulhas Plain. But for now, we wish you a relaxing festive season and the opportunity to enjoy a well-earned rest with family and friends. And we can’t wait to get back on board with you next year in our continued conservation efforts, refreshed and ready for the new year.

Kind regards,

Lesley signature
Lesley Richardson
Executive Director: Flower Valley Conservation Trust

PS. If you wish to know more about the Trust and our programmes, and would like to find out more about the opportunities to work together as a partner or donor on the Agulhas Plain, please don’t hesitate to contact me.