The steps in establishing a conservancy:
- Call a general meeting of all possible interest
parties. A representative of Cape Nature Conservation can facilitate
the meeting. Speakers from already existing Conservancies could give
feed back on what has happened in their conservancy. This is the opportunity
to sell the idea to prospective members. This is also a good opportunity
to clear up any points people may be worried about.
- The convenor of the meeting should ask for a vote to indicate if the
majority are in favour of forming a Conservancy.
- If the response is positive, a chairperson and steering committee
should be elected immediately.
- Elect a management committee for the establishment of the conservancy.
- The establishment committee has the following duties:
- Work out the maximum size of the conservancy
- Getting more members onto the conservancy
- Gathering the necessary information from all possible members
- Write a constitution in which all the aims and objectives are clearly
- Decide on an acceptable membership fee per year
- Call a meeting where all the possible members of the conservancy will
vote on the constitution, aims, objectives, and management principals
of the conservancy.
- A committee must be elected for managing the conservancy and to take
on projects for example, fund raising, environmental management, problem
plant and animal control, fire management and management of eco – systems
in the conservancy.
- The chairperson musts now contact Cape Nature
Conservation and inform them of the establishment of the conservancy
its aims and objectives and the size of the conservancy, a copy of the
constitution must also be sent to them.
- Conservancies are based on the voluntarily agreement and are registered
through Cape Nature Conservation in the Western Cape, a certificate
will be issued for that particular conservancy after registration.
- The Guinne Fowl is the national badge for conservancies.
The role that Free State Environmental Affairs and Tourism will play
- The Department promotes the conservancy idea in general.The
- Department will assist with the information meeting and will give
support with the establishment of the conservancy, as well as provide
a concept constitution document.
- The Department does not serve on Conservancy committees but can attend
meetings on an ad hoc basis.
- The Department will register the conservancy and issue a certificate.
- The Department will provide GIS maps for each conservancy.
- The Department will provide information needed to write conservancy
management plans with goals and objectives.
- The Department will provide help with the solving of ecological management
problems and networking amongst conservancies.
- The Department provides free training to conservancy rangers.
- The Department will also train different categories of rangers for
each type of conservancy.
FOR MORE DETAILS CONTACT:
Duart Hugo of the Free State Environmental Affairs and Tourism for more
information or to order a booklet “ Forming a conservancy in the Free