To simultaneously and sustainably address climate change impacts, socioeconomic pressures, and expand wild habitats we need innovative and bold approaches.
The Rangeland Regeneration Project is a landscape scale project in partnership with a local tribe in KwaZulu-Natal.
The project focuses on improving soils, carbon sequestration, water retention, local climate, and natural pastures through regenerative agricultural systems managed and owned by the community, and following their traditional methods, crops, and livestock.
Various stakeholder and community meetings have been completed, an MOU has been approved, potential sites allocated by the traditional leader, and a concept note in final phase. The project will start with a feasibility pilot aimed for 2022.
It is an holistic approach with a focus on being carbon negative while providing food security, water security and sustainable income for community members across the socio-status, age, and gender lines within the community.
Once completely implemented, the project has the potential to transform the region and expand sustainable habitats for wildlife greatly while improving the livelihoods of the community around reserves, while improving soil and rangeland conditions and expanding habitat for conservation. Wild habitat expansion will be on a case-by-case basis and can be in the form of buffer zones, linkages and corridors, as well as direct reserve expansion and space sharing.
This project has the capacity to bring much needed income to a cross section of rural society in one of the most impoverished regions, and help create generational wealth, all while achieving conservation objectives that were never possible before.
It will also form the basis for many spin off projects that will address various issue in socioeconomics and conservation.