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 program is immersed in a range of wildlife including big cats, large game, and a multitude of indigenous plants. To provide valuable information about the survival and behavior of the wildlife in this region, our programs involve research and surveys so that we can understand how we can best support them.
– 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.
Fund 3 conservation books for a local school.
Fund the wage of a fully equipped and qualified ranger for 1 day.
Fund a class visit from a ranger to promote rhino protection.
Fund the fuel for a vehicle on the reserve for 1 month.
Fund a ranger to be present on the reserve for 1 month.
Project Target: 7,500 USD
Raised so far: 4,423USD
Funds still needed: 3,077 USD
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