Protecting the nature we all rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods

Our initiatives

© Tessa Mildenhall


We are living through a defining moment in our planet’s history. While economic development is giving us the opportunity to grow and to lift many out of poverty, it is in turn placing an enhanced burden on our one home, our planet Earth.

Fortunately, the world is beginning to understand that we must properly value the essential services nature provides if we are going to create a sustainable development path that will benefit all people for generations to come. By ensuring that no single initiative stands alone we are addressing all of these efforts simultaneously and transforming our greatest challenges into the greatest opportunity of our time.

Our initiatives focus on protecting and maintaining the health of the species, habitats and ecosystems that are the building blocks of a healthy planet.


Agriculture in South Africa.
© CI/Mike Matarasso

Food security and land reform

Conservation South Africa’s Food Security and Land Reform Programme looks to address the very real food security challenge facing our world today.


© CI/Haroldo Castro

Building resilience to climate change

Climate change is one of the greatest environmental issues of our time. Without decisive action climate change will cause extinction of countless species, destroy some of the world’s most precious ecosystems and devastate human livelihoods.


© Rod Mast

Greening economic development

As South Africa’s economy grows, it is making increasing demands on the country’s natural resources. That's why we're committed to showcasing options for greener economic development.