Succulent Karoo Programme (SKEP)
What we do
The success of the Succulent Karoo Programme is due to a committed partnership in supporting conservation and sustainable development activities in the Succulent Karoo Hotspot.
The Succulent Karoo Programme is involved in the following activities:
- Securing land in priority areas
- Expanding partnerships
- Linking livelihoods and biodiversity
- Building local government capacity
- Strengthening linkages between natural and social science and management in the Succulent Karoo
- Capitalising on climate change and renewable energy
- Involving the mining sector
- Raising awareness
Where we work
- Greater Richtersveld
- Bushmanland Inselbergs
- Central Namaqualand Coast
- Namaqualand (Kamiesberg) Uplands
- Hantam/Tanqua Roggeveld
- Central Little Karoo
- Central Breede River Valley
Reason for our programme
The Succulent Karoo has breathtaking scenery, interesting endemic animals, a geological paradise and a coastal strip, and some of the oldest communities who still follow a traditional lifestyle.
The Succulent Karoo has about 6 300 plant species of which 38% are endemic. In addition to its annual flower displays, it boasts a large number of geophytes and dwarf succulents.
What we have achieved
- Protected areas doubled
- Half a million hectares better managed
- New discoveries made
- Conservation jobs created
- Social capital strengthened
- State support secured
- More support mobilised
- Industry brought on board
Who we are
The SKEP partnership is currently being co-ordinated and governed by an Interim Steering Committee whose Secretariat role is based and being provided by the Hantam National Botanical Garden.
How to contact us
Tel: +27 (0)27 218 1117
Email: Eugene Marinus
How you can contribute
- Send us your news and events in and around the Succulent Karoo.
- Like and share your Succulent Karoo news, events and activities on the Succulent Karoo Ecosystem Programme (SKEP) Facebook page.
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