Cape Action for People and the Environment (C.A.P.E.) is a partnership
of government and civil society aimed at conserving and restoring the biodiversity of the Cape Floristic Region
and the adjacent marine environment, while delivering significant benefits to the people
of the region.
C.A.P.E. has 23 signatory partners
- government departments, municipalities, non-governmental and community-based organisations and conservation agencies. All these organisations and a broader base of stakeholders are united in a common strategy
conservation. The programme is coordinated through various governance and co-ordination
During the first phase of implementation (2001 – 2010), the C.A.P.E. programme enabled donor funding
to be channelled into new areas of work and exciting new approaches to conservation including landscape initiatives
, conservation stewardship
, business and biodiversity
, fine-scale planning
, catchment management
, conservation education
and strengthening institutions
. A number of task teams
co-ordinated work in these areas, and progress continues to be evaluated though a monitoring and evaluation system
. The programme is currently in the process of planning for phase two implementation.
The C.A.P.E. partnership programme is co-ordinated through the C.A.P.E. Coordination Unit which is hosted by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and its fynbos biome programme
. The C.A.P.E. Co-ordination Unit (CCU) is located at the Centre for Biodiversity Conservation, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town.