SKEPPIES
 
 
 
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Projects

SKEPPIES has been instrumental in creating 62 new businesses, 452 new jobs, increasing the skills of 1065 local people and contributing to conserving 6959 hectares of Succulent Karoo landscape. By making nature a partner in business, SKEPPIES projects have contributed to the protection of 242 Red Data species.

All SKEPPIES projects are required to show conservation benefits, including the total number of endangered and unique species conserved, hectares protected and better land managed. SKEPPIES projects range from the creation of ecotourism and restoration businesses, to the establishment of commercial medicinal plant enterprises.

SKEPPIES projects create jobs through:

  • New businesses
  • Adding value to existing businesses
  • Creating employment opportunities
  • Capacitating people (particularly women)
  • Raising their environmental awareness


SKEPPIES Projects

SOAP MADE FROM SUPER SHRUB

Robert Richards from O’Okiep has turned a problem plant into a profitable health product business.  Once considered a problem, Galenia africana, or kraalbos as its known in Namaqualand, has turned out to be a super shrub that is being used to make soaps and lotions available in leading hotels and guesthouses.

SKEPPIES–CITIGROUP BUILDING RESILIENCE TO CLIMATE CHANGE PROGRAMME

CitiGroup has provided funding for a Building Resilience to Climate Change Programme, as part of ongoing environmental enterprise development work supported by Conservation South Africa.

BIODIESEL:  FUELING THE GREEN ECONOMY IN NAMAQUALAND

 

A local entrepenuer from Concordia, in rural Namaqualand is recycling used restaurant cooking oil to produce a cheaper, cleaner, greener fuel that emits half the amount of emissions than that of regular fuel.  


 

 

PORT NOLLOTH BIRD PARK

The Port Nolloth Bird Park is a conservation-orientated programme aimed at conserving the wetland at the entrance to Port Nolloth. The wetland constitutes the only body of fresh water in the area and is home to a wide variety of bird life.

LELIEFONTEIN AND KAMIESKROON KOOKSKERM PROJECTS

The Kookskerms use traditional Namakwa food, cooked on open fires, in tradition huts, as a tourism attraction in their local villages. 

POFADDER EXTREME ADVENTURES HIKING TRAIL

Pofadder Extreme Adventures manages and markets a 5-day hiking trail along the Orange River, departing from Onseepkans on the border with Namibia.