CAPE Programme: Our Strategy
The original strategy, published in 2000 as the Cape Action Plan for the Environment, is a systematic plan to conserve the biodiversity of the Cape Floristic Region and the adjacent marine environment for the benefit of its people. The strategy was agreed on through a consultative process. Government and civil society partners signed a Memorandum of Understanding committing themselves to implementing the strategy. Over time, the goal and strategic objectives have been further developed.
The revised strategy for the second decade of the CAPE partnership builds on the original CAPE 20 year strategy, and incorporates emerging insights, opportunities and challenges from the first decade of implementation. The strategy aims to focus the efforts of the partnership, measuring the progress of the programme and enabling adaptive management through a monitoring and evaluation framework that supports the strategy. Eight strategic objectives guide the work of the partnership, and assist with both planning and tracking progress around:
- Strengthening institutional capacity, governance and communication for co-ordinated action.
- Enabling local level engagement and co-ordination through landscape initiatives.
- Integrating biodiversity into land-use planning and environmental management.
- Securing biodiversity through protected areas including biodiversity stewardship.
- Protecting biodiversity through sustainable production initiatives.
- Promoting ecosystem based adaptation to climate change through integrated catchment management.
- Delivering sustainable socio-economic and cultural benefits to local communities.
- Developing innovative approaches through research and knowledge networks.