ID 77282
Submitting Entity Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Main Information
Title Assessing Five Years of CEPF Investment in the Succulent Karoo Biodiversity Hotspot
Description In spite of the incredible natural diversity, local and global awareness of the significance and 
value of the Succulent Karoo has been low. The hotspot’s biodiversity is under pressure from a range of human impacts, especially mining, crop agriculture, ostrich farming, overgrazing, illegal collection of fauna and flora, and anthropogenic climate change. Most of the region, an estimated 100,000 kilometers, is used for communal or commercial grazing. Although this land use can be compatible with the maintenance of biodiversity, overgrazing has severely degraded as much as two-thirds of this area.The CEPF (Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) strategy for this hotspot was created based on the results of the CEPF-supported Succulent Karoo Ecosystem Plan (SKEP) process which included a comprehensive and participatory exercise to develop a 20-year conservation and development strategy for the region. 
The project team, facilitated by CI's Southern Africa Hotspots Program as part of CEPF 
preparations to invest in the hotspot, included special advisers, four coordinating institutions and 10 conservation champions. The process involved more than 60 scientific experts and more than 400 local stakeholders representing government, academia, NGOs, private sector interests and local communities.
Web Link /doc/case-studies/inc/cs-inc-succulent-karoo-en.pdf
Additional Information
Countries South Africa
Ecosystems Dry and Sub-Humid Lands Biodiversity
Regions Africa
Incentive Measures Environmental Funds / Investments
Indirect Incentives (property rights, market creation)
Keywords Environmental funds
Market creation (organic production, tourism, ...)