The Endangered Wildlife Trust's African Crane Conservation Prgramme will use the biodiversity stewardship process, as approved by Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife, to secure and improve the management of key Wattled Crane breeding and foraging areas within the Southern Drakensberg foothills of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). As flagships for high biodiversity and areas of high irreplaceability, these sites will expand the protected area network in KZN. The grant will result in five sites (or areas) being proclaimed under the Biodiversity Stewardship Programme. This will entail the collection of baseline information on Wattled, Grey Crowned and Blue Cranes, as well as other key species, the completion of management plans, and partnerships with individual landowners. The five sites will be in Bushman’s Nek, Swartberg, Marwaqa Ridge, Franklin, and Cedarville Flats and will total approximately 5,800 hectares.
Strategic Direction:2 Expand conservation areas and improve land use in 19 key biodiversity areas through innovative approaches