Succulent Karoo Ecosystem Plan (SKEP)

Description:

The Succulent Karoo Ecosystem Programme (SKEP) is a long term, multi-stakeholder bioregional conservation and development programme. SKEP began as a bi-national initiative between Namibia and South Africa, with the aim of defining a way to conserve this ecosystem, and to develop conservation as a land-use rather than instead of land-use.

In response to the challenges facing the Succulent Karoo, SKEP emerged as an innovative programme. SKEP champions a model of conservation that integrates high-level scientific expertise with socio-economic and institutional concerns.

The acronym "SKEP" means "to serve" in Afrikaans, the most commonly spoken language in the region. At the end of the SKEP planning process, a 20-Year Strategy was drawn up with a comprehensive set of actions.These actions aim to achieve conservation targets by addressing constraints and maximising opportunities.

Activities:

1. Increasing local, national and international awareness of the unique biodiversity of the Succulent Karoo.
2. Expanding protected areas and improving conservation management, particularly through the expansion of
public-private-communal-corporate partnerships.
3. Support the creation of a matrix of harmonius land uses.
4. Improve institutional co-ordination to generate momentum and focus on priorities, maximize opportunities
for partnerships, and ensure sustainability.

Other Activities:

Target area:

Namibia and South Africa

Kiosk manager:

Name: Shahieda Davids Tel: +2721 7998874
Email: skep2@sanbi.org.za or S.Davids@sanbi.org.za

Contact:

Address: Private Bag X7 Claremont 7735
Phone :( 021)799 8872
Email: skep2@sanbi.org.za
Website: www.skep.org.za

Additional:

The SKEP partnership is coordinated through the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).
For more information go to www.skep.org.za or interact with the SKEP page on Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/pages/SKEP-Succulent-Karoo-Ecosystem-Programme/1...