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Partners

The MZCPE has not happened on its own and has relied on a number of partners in its development and management. The MZCPE has the mission of 'Conservation through Collaboration' and together with these partners, that is what it achieves. Check out our partners and the role that they play in helping to make the MZCPE the success it is.


Implementation Partners

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South African National Parks

SANParks is the main partner to the MZCPE and was the driver of the declaration. SANParks is responsible for meeting all the higher level obligations of the MZCPE in partnership with the MZCPE Landowner's Association who are the management authority designated by the Minister.  


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Wilderness Foundation Africa

The Wilderness Foundation together with SANParks was responsible for the initiation of the MZCPE project and helped to kick start the processes that have grown into what the MZCPE is today. Wilderness Foundation guided the project from 2012 to the end of 2014. 


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United Nations Development Program

The UNDP picked up from where the Wilderness Foundation left off helping the MZCPE to expand, create and start implementing the management plan and focus on securing financial sustainability of the MZCPE. The UNDP contract was from 2016 to 2021.


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Funders of the MZCPE

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Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund

The CEPF was responsible for funding the Wilderness Foundation work, inlcuding the project manager that ran the projecton the ground. This funding was for the period of 2012 to 2014.



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Global Environmental Facility

Under the GEF 5 programme, GEF funded the extended work under the UNDP period. This funding also supported the Buffer Zone Coordinator and Environmental Ecologist positions under SANParks and ran from 2016 to 2021.


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Governmental Partners

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Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries

The MZCPE is declared as a national protected environment under DEFF. DEFF is a key partner in the success of the MZCPE and was also the overarching authority under the UNDP GEF 5 project.



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Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism

The ECPTA is the provincial conservation authority and key partner to the MZCPE. ECPTA also declared a provincial protected environment bordering the MZCPE with whom the MZCPE partner in joint initiatives.



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Department of Economic Developemt, Environmental Affairs and Tourism

DEDEAT is the regulatory body for permiting and developmental related issues in the area and the MZCPE and its members work closely with both the Graaff-Reinet and King Williams Town offices in all relevant matters.


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Project partners

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Endangered Wildlife Trust

The MZCPE is involved in a few exciting conservation projects with the EWT. These include Powreline invesitagtions, Oxpeckers and the Vulture Safe Zone project.



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Birdlife South Africa

The MZCPE is invoved in the Secretary Bird project under Birdlife SA to try further identify ranges and breeding success of this majestic bird.  



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Black-footed Cat Working Group  

The MZCPE is working with the BFCWG in an attempt to futher understand this elusive cat.



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Bionerds

The MZCPE is working with Bionerds to further understand the highly endemic and secretive Plain Mountain Adder.



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Rhodes University

The MZCPE has a partnership with Rhodes University in an attempt to combat the alien and invasive species in the area.



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