Dassenberg Coastal Catchment Partnership
The Dassenberg Coastal Catchment Partnership (DCCP) was a joint landscape initiative and partnership between the Wilderness Foundation, City of Cape Town, CapeNature, World Wide Fund for Nature – South Africa (WWF-SA), Table Mountain Fund (TMF), Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve (CWCBR), South African National Parks (SANParks) and South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). This initiative aimed at conserving an extensive area of high quality biodiversity, stretching from Riverlands Nature Reserve to the coast.
This proposed conservation area was already highlighted in the 1980’s as an important conservation area and is still emphasised as a priority in CapeNature’s Provincial Protected Area Expansion Strategy as well as the 2010 WWF-Table Mountain Fund Climate Change Adaptation Corridor and is arguably one of the highest priority conservation areas in the country. It is furthermore highlighted on the BioNet, the fine scale conservation plan for the City of Cape Town and is also acknowledged as a conservation area on the City’s Spatial Development Framework.
Upon completion the project reached the following successes:
- Significant liaison and interaction with communities of Mamre, Pella, Atlantis, Chatsworth, Riverlands and Kalbaskraal with regards to the Dassenberg Coastal Catchment Partnership
- 20 community meetings held in the above mentioned communities
- Identified and mapped all conservation worthy properties / land
- 140 people employed doing alien vegetation clearing
- Approximately 1000 hectares cleared of alien vegetation