Donors & Partners
Thank you to all our donors.
Without your support the work of the Flower Valley Conservation Trust will not be possible.
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY & FISHERIES
The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries funds the ABI Alien Clearing Project, coordinated by Flower Valley Conservation Trust. This project allows clearing teams to remove invasive species on around 6000 hectares in the Overberg region, creating employment for approximately 150 project participants. The Department funds the salaries of the team members, as well as the transport to the clearing sites. Co-funding is provided by landowners involved in the project, as well as other philanthropic donors.
ROLF-STEPHAN NUSSBAUM FOUNDATION
The Rolf-Stephan Nussbaum Foundation supports Flower Valley Conservation Trust to achieve our vision: A Fynbos-filled future for life and livelihoods. During the past year, the Nussbaum Foundation supported the Sustainable Harvesting Programme.
THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL BIODIVERSITY INSTITUTE (SANBI)
SANBI contributes to South Africa’s sustainable development by facilitating access to biodiversity data, generating information and knowledge, building capacity, providing policy advice, showcasing and conserving biodiversity in its national botanical and zoological gardens. SANBI has supported Flower Valley to remove emerging invasive alien plants on the Agulhas Plain. www.sanbi.org
The Fynbos Trust is situated in the Stanford area. The Trust facilitates landscape-scale conservation in the Overberg, providing support to organisations that actively protect the Cape Floral Kingdom, and that work in early childhood development. The Trust is headed up by Chris Martens, who has nearly four decades of experience in the conservation sector. Chris has managed nature reserves such as De Hoop and Grootvadersbosch, and throughout his career with CapeNature, focused on supporting landowners though the Stewardship programme.
UNIVERSITIES OF DURHAM, NEWCASTLE AND COVENTRY
These 3 top United Kingdom universities have supported Flower Valley’s work to promote sustainable fynbos. The universities have together funded various projects related to encouraging ethical trade in the sector. The team is led by Professor Alex Hughes, Professor Cheryl McEwan and Dr David Bek. For example, they played an integral role in the development of the i-Fynbos app – a tool that helps harvesters and landowners monitoring the impacts of harvesting over the long term.
JOAN ST LEGER LINDBERGH CHARITABLE TRUST
WESTERN CAPE DEPT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
The Western Cape Department of Social Development is supporting the Flower Valley Early Childhood Development (ECD) Programme. Through this support, the programme is working with five ECD centres across the Gansbaai region, to assist them to reach the standards set out by the Department. This has led to new skills and opportunities for 15 practitioners, and an improved learning environment for about 100 children. www.westerncape.gov.za/dept/social-development
APEXHI CHARITABLE TRUST
The ApexHi Charitable Trust is committed to supporting development initiatives that are directed towards the alleviation of poverty and the development of communities in South Africa. The Trust invests money from an established endowment fund into reputable projects and non-profit organisations working in the fields of early childhood development and community strengthening.
NATIONAL LOTTERY DISTRIBUTION TRUST FUND (NLDTF)
The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) is established in terms of the Lotteries Act which designates members of the Board as trustees of the NLDTF. It is their job to safeguard this money, invest it wisely, and ensure that it is put to the best possible use to benefit good causes. The NLDTF has supported Flower Valley Conservation Trust to coordinate the sustainable harvesting of Fynbos, and support the livelihoods of Fynbos harvesters. www.nlcsa.org.za
The Millennium Trust was established in 2010 as a non-profit organisation with the aim of contributing to the success of South Africa. South Africa needs sustained economic growth, high-quality education, informed public debate, independent democratic institutions and efficient service delivery to be successful. The Trust conducts its own projects and also supports individuals, projects and organisations that provide interesting and creative answers to these challenges.
PICK N PAY
Pick n Pay has partnered Flower Valley Conservation since 2003, and today that partnership continues. The South African retail giant provides a percentage of the profit on fynbos bouquets that are picked by harvesters who promote responsible and ethical fynbos harvesting, as well as on their Flower Valley Conservation Trust recycling bags. These funds are used to coordinate the Flower Valley Sustainable Harvesting Programme, and to train fynbos harvesters to pick responsibly. www.pnp.co.za
Orca is a local family-run internet business based in the Overstrand district. Orca Wireless provides internet support to Flower Valley Conservation Trust. www.orcatech.co.za
The Drakenstein Trust is a trust focused on invasive alien plant eradication. The Trust supports the Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative Alien Clearing Coordination Unit, currently overseen by Flower Valley. Aliens pose one of the greatest threats to our region’s biodiversity, while promoting climate change. However, invasive alien eradication is useless if clearing is not coordinated wasting the already scarce funding that is available. This vital grant therefore ensures all stakeholders across the Agulhas Plain and greater Overberg coordinate their alien clearing activities, while allowing the unit to source funding to address the spread of aliens across the region.
CHILDREN'S YOGA TREE
Children’s Yoga Tree aims to bring exceptional yoga teaching into primary and secondary schools and help families from all backgrounds discover the benefits of yoga. The organisation is based in the United Kingdom. They are supporting the Dolfyntjies Early Childhood Development Centre, based in Pearly Beach. www.childrensyogatree.com
We also receive smaller donations from individuals and philanthropists who are not listed here. We are extremely appreciative of your support too.
AGULHAS BIODIVERSITY INITIATIVE
The Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative (ABI) is a landscape initiative working in the Overberg region in the Western Cape of South Africa. The primary objective of ABI is to foster biodiversity through sustainable and integrated socio-cultural-, economic and environmental development in the Overberg. ABI is a voluntary association, and is made up of partners operating across the landscape, from private land users and land user groups, to conservation authorities, NGOs and government departments. ABI supports the Cape Action for People and the Environment. www.agulhasbiodiversity.co.za
ACKERMAN PNP FOUNDATION
- enhancing and developing skills
- supporting projects which encourage entrepreneurship, self-reliance and provide employment opportunities
The Flower Valley Conservation Trust initially benefited through a grant from the Foundation in support of the research and social development programmes of the Trust and CapeNature. Today, Pick n Pay continues to sell sustainably harvested fynbos bouquets in stores in South Africa. www.picknpay.co.za/foundation
Nal’ibali is a reading-for-enjoyment campaign to spark children’s potential through storytelling and reading. The campaign values the power of language and cultural relevance in literacy development. As such, Nal’ibali promotes reading and writing in mother tongue languages. Children (and adults) should understand what they are listening to, or reading, for it to be meaningful and enjoyable. Our Early Childhood Development Programme works with Nal’iBali to support reading clubs at our centres across the Overstand region. www.nalibali.org
Cape Action for People and the Environment (C.A.P.E.) is a partnership of government and civil society aimed at conserving and restoring the biodiversity of the Cape Floristic Region and the adjacent marine environment, while delivering significant benefits to the people of the region. In addition to coordinating and providing strategic direction to conservation functions, the C.A.P.E. programme has also enabled donor funding to be channelled into new areas of work and exciting new approaches to conservation. The C.A.P.E. partnership programme is coordinated through the C.A.P.E. Coordination Unit which is hosted by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and its fynbos biome programme. The C.A.P.E. Coordination Unit is located at the Centre for Biodiversity Conservation, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town. www.capeaction.org.za
CapeNature is a public institution responsible for biodiversity conservation in the Western Cape. The organisation therefore promotes and ensures nature conservation; and renders services and provides facilities for research and training. CapeNature is responsible for allocating licences to harvesters. CapeNature supports Flower Valley Conservation Trust as the NGO that actively works with land users and harvesters to meet best practice environmental principles, through the Sustainable Harvesting Programme. www.capenature.co.za
CAPE FLORA SA
In 2014, the two major fynbos industry bodies, the South African Protea Producers and Exporters Association (SAPPEX) and the Protea Producers of South Africa (PPSA) amalgamated, to create Cape Flora SA. Cape Flora SA is a non-profit company registered with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC). This non-profit company will continue to represent both cultivated fynbos harvesters and wild fynbos harvesters. www.capeflorasa.co.za
FAUNA & FLORA INTERNATIONAL
Founded in 1903, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) was the world’s first international conservation organisation and the pioneering work of its founders in Africa led to the creation of numerous protected areas. Expanding beyond its African origins, FFI succeeded in giving conservation a voice on the international stage, drawing worldwide attention to the plight of rare and endangered species. The organisation is renowned for its innovative, landmark programmes, many of which have come to be regarded as classic examples of conservation practice. A distinctive feature of FFI is its focus on working with local communities to help them develop the capacity to conserve their own biodiversity whilst also improving their wellbeing long into the future. www.fauna-flora.org
The Grootbos Foundation is a non-profit organisation, established in 2003 with the vision of conserving the Cape Floral Kingdom and uplifting the communities therein. It is their mission to conserve the unique Cape Floral Kingdom, and to develop sustainable livelihoods through ecotourism, enterprise development, sports development and education. They create sustainable project models which are replicable and scalable in order to assist the communities that surround them, and those in other regions. Many of their projects generate their own income and/or are partially self-sustaining. www.grootbosfoundation.org
MARKS & SPENCER
Marks & Spencer in the UK buys and sells fynbos bouquets harvested under the Sustainable Harvesting Programme. These ‘flowers with a difference’ form part of Marks & Spencer’s Plan A. Through Plan A, M&S is aiming to become the world’s most sustainable major retailer, with Plan A including 180 commitments to achieve by 2015. The partnership between the Sustainable Harvesting Programme and M&S has been ongoing for more than a decade. www.marksandspencer.com
OVERBERG RENOSTERVELD CONSERVATION TRUST
The Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust works with landowners, communities, wildlife agencies and NGOs to conserve the last remnants of lowland renosterveld in strategic locations. The Trust works to ensure living landscapes in the Overberg’s wheat-bel, educate and create awareness, and undertake key renosterveld research. The Trust has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Flower Valley to cooperate across the landscape. www.overbergrenosterveld.org.za
GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT FACILITY FYNBOS FIRE PROJECT
SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE OF SOUTH AFRICA (SIZA)
THE SOUTH AFRICAN EDUCATION AND ENVIRONMENT PROJECT (SAEP)
BEAMING KIDS ACADEMY OF LIFE