Local conservation groups feel ‘undermined’ by Cape Town’s biodiversity management branch

Rondevlei Nature Reserve’s protected area includes a wetland and a lake, threatened fynbos species and bird-watching hides. (Photo: Kristin Engel)

Kristin Engel – 16 May 2024

Local conservation groups complain they are being undermined by certain decisions taken by the City of Cape Town’s biodiversity management branch, describing them as ‘autocratic’ and ‘counterproductive’ to the work these groups do.

Several conservation projects in Cape Town have been stopped by the City’s biodiversity management branch for no apparent reason and with little notice to civil society conservation groups…