In Limpopo, GVI Charitable Programs focuses on protecting South Africa’s fauna and flora with our wildlife conservation project. Situated in the heart of the African savannah, the project is focused upon a 8,500 hectare reserve inn Limpopo, which hosts a range of IUCN Red Listed large mammals, and disseminates information to allow the learnings from that reserve to be applied in other reserves and areas. The project focuses upon data research to better understand the movements and behavoirs of the animals to aid management decisions, anti-poaching initiatives including supplying a presence on the reserve and community environmental awareness and education workshops, and local capacity building initiates to facilitate access to tourism industry which relies upon continued conservation of species and habitats.
We are aiming to raise funds to allow an expansion of our data collection and anti-poaching initiatives. Due to increasing economic pressures, the number of poaching incidents has locally increased and the project hopes to further support the Anti-Poaching Unit by supplying solar powered camera traps, which will supply real time images, and purchasing additional electronic tags (collars and implants) to improve our ability to track individual animals. This will add to our knowledge of the behavoir of the threatened and endangered animals upon the reserve, decrease the frequency of poaching events, improve detection rates and greatly improve response times to potential poaching threats.
The project works to study the behavoir of the endangered species on the reserve, ensure there is good data to aid management decisions, reduce poaching rates to protect the animals, and help the local community to access sustainable employment and incomes which rely upon the conservation of the area’s amazing wildlife and habitats.
– Conservation of Karongwe Private Game Reserve (Karongwe) within the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere, and its surrounding conservation areas, and engagement in the local community to promote conservation.
– Understanding of population (spatial, kill, interactions, behavior) of predators and megaherbivores within the reserve and reporting directly to reserve management and all stakeholders.
– Reduction in poaching rates through fundraising and support.
– Supporting revenue streams for the continuation of the conservation through traversing fees.
– Assisting with reserve work initiatives (land rehabilitation and monitoring projects).
– Conduct educational lessons to primary school learners about the environment and their youth development, as well as environmental and educational assistant lessons to children in the local creche.
– Engage in the local community through fundraising and support.
GVI Charitable Programs will have a 25 year partnership with Karongwe and through that time will:
– Build up detailed data sets through research activities under the direction of reserve management and other local collaborating partners.
– Build capacity of Karongwe and collaborating partners to be able to continue the data sets on a less intensive frequency after the end of the project.
– Build capacity of Karongwe and collaborating partners to be able to write and submit a sufficient number of reports regarding the datasets to independently meet their required targets and achieve continued and sustained funding through both local on-the-ground and online fundraising efforts.
– Build capacity of Karongwe and collaborating partners to successfully access sufficient funding to allow an ongoing, continued physical presence on the reserve.
The 25 year project is broken down into 3 phases:
– Phase 1 – Establish data-sets, strengths, and needs (20 years) (current stage).
– Phase 2 – Capacity building (3 years).
– Phase 3 – Withdrawal (2 years).
A combination of phasing down, phasing over, and transferring over methods will be applied as part of the exit strategy.
The intensity of the ongoing research program will be reduced to minimize the impact of the eco-systems but maintained with data being collected annually but at a much lower frequency depending on the capacity of partners, to ensure the sustainability of the project.
Through a planned and responsive program of collaborative capacity building, the project will be established and then will be phased over to Karongwe and other partners in the final phase of the project.
Whilst the planned project will be phased down or over, as part of ongoing sustainability support we will employ a transition strategy and may identify additional projects which would benefit from a collaborative approach and in such cases, may jointly apply resources and effort to them.
Once phased over, the collaborating partners will continue working together and employ the transition strategy provided by GVI Charitable Programs, which will be employed to allow continued contact and ongoing advice/support as required. The original project will be evaluated by GVI Charitable Programs after 6 months, and 1, 2, and 3 years after phasing over is complete. This will be done via inspection of data sets, interviews with stakeholders, and collaborative partner meetings.
Collaboratively setting up and conducting research programs to establish data sets and understand the strengths and needs of partners and community:
– Establishing a network of collaborative stakeholders.
– Establishing and refining research objectives, methods, areas, and programs of importance in the local context.
– Assessing and identifying the strengths and needs of collaborating partners in relation to the objective.
– Assessing and identifying the strengths and needs of the local community in relation to the objective.
Continuation of research programs whilst conducting capacity building initiatives across partner organizations and community, with the intention of phasing down operations:
– Continuing the ongoing research programs of importance in the local context.
– Identifying the roles and responsibilities of collaborating partners in relation to the objective and training supplied as required.
– Funding required for each collaborating party to maintain their initial role in Phase 3 assessed and secured, and post-exit budgets quantified.
– Identifying the role and responsibilities of the local community in relation to the objective and training supplied as required.
Collaborative parties increasingly conduct responsibilities as per above with an aim of complete exit by GVI Charitable Programs at the end of this phase:
– Each collaborating partner starts their post-exit role and increasingly takes on responsibility in preparation for the final exit.
– Local community begins their post-exit role and increasingly takes responsibility in preparation for final exit.
– Final post-exit funding secured.
– Ongoing support system and resources defined and in place.
– Initial evaluation of the project.
provides 3 conservation books for a local school.
supplies a fully equipped and qualified ranger for 1 day.
provides a class visit from a ranger to promote rhino protection.
supplies a solar powered battery pack for a camera traps.
supplies tracking equipment (collars and implants) to improve data collection.
provides a fully equiped ranger on the reserve for a month.
Project Target: 7,500 USD
Raised so far: 4,423USD
Funds still needed: 3,077 USD
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