Greening the Community

Greening the Community is a long-term empowerment and environmental sustainability initiative for the local community of Kwa Nobuhle in Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape to drive environmental awareness practices at grass roots levels. It is designed to inspire change and encourage young people in particular to play their part in ensuring a prosperous future for all.

Project Overview

 

Project location: 
Nyosi Wildlife Reserve, Kwa Nobuhle – Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Project category: 
Sustainability, Community, Conservation

Project timeframe:
2019 – 2022

 

Overview

 

Project location: 
Nyosi Wildlife Reserve, Kwa Nobuhle – Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Project category: 
Sustainability, Community, Conservation

Project timeframe:
2019 – 2022 

Project partners:

  • Indalo NPC
  • Wilderness Foundation Africa

Project Vision:

  • For Indalo to open and sustain a nursery in Kwa Nobuhle
  • Create empowerment and upskill people
  • Preserve the biocultural landscape
  • Educate our youth
  • To see a visible Greening of the Kwa Nobuhle landscape
  • To spark public interest through an annual fundraising event

Project vision

Project vision
  • For Indalo to open and sustain a nursery in Kwa Nobuhle
  • Create empowerment and upskill people
  • Preserve the biocultural landscape
  • Educate our youth
  • To see a visible Greening of the Kwa Nobuhle landscape
  • To spark public interest through an annual fundraising event
Project Partners
  • Indalo NPC
  • Wilderness Foundation Africa
  • Nyosi Wildlife Reserve 

 

Project goals

Project goals
  • Plant 600 trees in the township of Kwa Nobuhle by mid-2022
  • Enrol 20 students from Kwa Nobuhle in the Siyazenzela Life Skills and Employability Program in 2021
  • Provide internships for two selected graduates for six months with Indalo at Nyosi Wildlife Reserve in 2022
  • Indalo hope to open their own nursery in their community

Project updates

Project results
  • We exceeded our goal of planting 600 trees in the township of Kwa Nobuhle by mid-2022 in 12 different schools. Over 300 school pupils attended the different tree planting days, benefitting from environmental and biocultural awareness delivered by the Indalo and CCFA teams. Indalo selected the school who took the best care of their trees and a class of 30 students from VM Kwinana School enjoyed an educational safari day with lunch at Nyosi Wildlife Reserve with Indalo.
  • CCFA hosted a fundraising event in Nelson Mandela Bay called ‘Everesting’ where ultra-athlete Steven Lancaster undertook this epic challenge in aid of the project. With the Everesting concept, you pick a hill, anywhere in the world and then run or ride repeats of it, in a single activity, until you have climbed 8 849m – the equivalent ascent of Mount Everest. During the 24-hour period, Lancaster aimed to summit Brickmakers Kloof Road 165 times. Each summit was 700m long with a 63m elevation. The average gradient is a challenging 9% but tops out at 12% in the first 300m. (The steepest gradient in the Tour de France is 13%). His ‘Mount Everest’ was reached after 141 summits; However, he aimed to run further and achieved a height of 10 000m.
  • We enrolled 20 students from Kwa Nobuhle in the Siyazenzela Life Skills and Employability Programme in 2021
  • We provided six-month internships for two graduates selected by Indalo at Nyosi Wildlife Reserve in 2022. One of the interns accepted an offer of permanent employment at the Reserve following her internship and she is an aspiring field guide.
  • Indalo have revised their goal of opening a nursery in Kwa Nobuhle, and continue to operate their nursery at Nyosi Wildlife Reserve.

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Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The 17 SDGs are integrated—they recognize that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability.

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