New Protected Environment Announced for the Eastern Cape

Amakhala Game Reserve is one of eight Eastern Cape reserves that form part of the newly-enacted Indalo Game Reserves Protected Environment, which recently received “Protected Environment” status under the Eastern Cape Biodiversity Stewardship Programme through the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA).

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These reserves support biodiversity-based eco-tourism, strive for sound ecological management and commit to positive socio-economic upliftment. Their inclusion under the Indalo Game Reserves Protected Environment has increased the conservation status and value of 68,075 hectares of Eastern Cape land, spanning six biomes, including two global biodiversity hotspots of Fynbos and Albany thicket, and protects more than 88 species of threatened or endangered plants and animals. Indalo reserves also employ 1,079 people and support 3,992 dependents.

“This is a historic achievement for these eight private reserves that recognise the value of working together with all sectors of our society, including government, to achieve a greater conservation goal,” says Mark Palmer, former Conservation Manager of Amakhala Game Reserve and recently elected Chairman of Indalo. “Our ‘Protected Environment’ status will attract more tourists to our region and to our lodges. We are also encouraged that other reserves have indicated their intention to join the Indalo Game Reserves Protected Environment authority.”                                       

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                                                    Mark Palmer, former Conservation Manager of Amakhala Game Reserve and recently elected Chairman of Indalo.

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