How We Work
 
 
 
At Conservation South Africa (CSA) we know the challenges of our day are great, but they are not insurmountable. We, therefore, aim to transform our greatest challenges into the greatest opportunity of our time, by setting an ambitious agenda and by developing the tools necessary to protect nature for future generations.

Our scientists, field staff and policy experts are addressing these challenges in a number of ways, namely: measuring the contribution of healthy ecosystems to human well-being; assessing the implications of development decisions; putting cutting-edge, rigorously tested information in the hands of decision-makers and the public; and demonstrating through field models how economic opportunity and the stewardship of natural resources can leverage change.

Every strategy, every action is guided by ground-breaking science.

In order to ensure that we have the most impact as quickly and effectively as possible, we are focusing on the following priority areas:

FOOD SECURITY AND LAND REFORM


CSA’s Food Security and Land Reform Programme looks to address the very real food security challenge facing our world today. We believe that healthy ecosystems lead to healthy food which in turn leads to healthy people.

BUILDING RESILIENCE TO CLIMATE CHANGE


CSA is working on the ground to promote conservation stewardship in three mega corridors, by encouraging land users to protect ecosystems required for resilience to climate change.

GREENING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


As South Africa’s economy grows, it is making increasing demands on the country’s natural resources. Mining, agriculture and coastal developments negatively impact species and ecosystems, as do many of the people at grassroots level who rely directly on natural resources for their livelihoods. 

In the following hotspots:

CAPE FLORAL KINGDOM


This World Heritage Site is by far the smallest and the richest of the World’s six floral kingdoms, but it is also the most threatened.

SUCCULENT KAROO


Stretching from Namibia down the west coast of South Africa, the Succulent Karoo is a vast, semi-arid desert, with sweeping vistas, mountain ranges, ancient rock formations, wild coastlines and clouds of stars arching overhead at night.

MAPUTALAND-PONDOLAND-ALBANY HOTSPOT


The hotspot is also home to most of South Africa’s natural forests, and with nearly 600 tree species it has the highest tree diversity of any temperate forest in the world.

It is now up to us to ensure that we balance our needs with nature for a better future.