The Mountain Zebra Camdeboo Protected Environment was declared a National Protected Environment in April 2016 by the Minister of Environmental Affairs. The MZC Protected Environment is made up of 65 private landowners operating farms between the Camdeboo and Mountain Zebra National Parks and exist in a transitional area between 4 biomes.
The protected environment is partnered with SANParks to secure the decidedly valuable high altitudinal grasslands that are found between the two parks. In doing so, this promotes the functioning of the associated ecosystems and the species that rely on these ecosystems. Currently 268 000 hectares have been secured against threats associated with the area.
SANParks works closely with the Protected Environment participants by providing assistance to these landowners in order to fulfil the objectives of their management plan. Activities under the management plan include several programmes like alien clearing, soil erosion and wetland rehabilitation to name a few.
A number of other exciting projects have been identified for the Protected Environment, all with the potential to enrich the nature experiences and the environmental resilience of the area. The partnership between the Protected Environment and SANParks truly lives up to the Protected Environment’s vision, “Conservation through collaboration”.