Environmental Services

Conservation Operations

This service heading describes the range of hands-on operational services we provide to biodiversity conservation managers and conservation minded private landowners. NCC's experience in conservation operations extends from catching and relocating snakes and porcupines in residential gardens to managing all of the City of Cape Town's nature reserves (2003-2007). Our operational services are strongly focused on building our clients capacity and so doing contributing towards the real growth of people and the conservation of our planet's biodiversity.

  

Non-indigenous Invasive Species Management

This service is provided to assist in complying with South African National Legislation surrounding biodiversity, namely NEMBA – the National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act 10 of 2004 and others by reducing and controlling the spread of non-indigenous and invasive plant and animal species through a combination of methods including the prevention of introduction, early detection and eradication through a range of best practice methods.  The aim of invasive species management is to prevent competition with indigenous species for resources, to prevent genetic contamination through interbreeding and to prevent potential harm to properties and livelihoods.

Estate Management

The service includes the management and improvement of urban land and properties, including gardening services, general maintenance, staff supervision, fauna and flora conservation and land owner communications.

Indigenous Landscaping

Important components of indigenous landscaping are enhancing or improving the visible features of an area of land by using a combination of indigenous vegetation and other elements (e.g. bodies of water, terrain shape and elevation), to limit the need for fertilizers, pesticides and watering requirements and to thereby improve biodiversity and to create an aesthetically pleasing landscape.

 

Human-Wildlife Conflict Management

Human-Wildlife Conflict Management involves applying management interventions in the interaction between wild animals and people in such a manner that negative impacts on people and their resources, as well as wild animals and their habitats, are limited to a minimum. NCC have gained substantial experience in the eradication and control of invasive and exotic species, particularly in an urban environment. With the ever increasing rate of structural development, agriculture and population, we can expect an increase in human wildlife conflict.

Ecosystem Restoration and Rehabilitation

Ecosystem restoration refers to the returning the functionality of a damaged, degraded or destroyed ecosystem to a stable, healthy state, with the aim to restore the associated ecosystem services for it to operate in a sustainable way.  It therefore aims to return an ecosystem as closely as possible to pre-disturbance conditions and functions.  Ecosystem rehabilitation, on the other hand, seeks to repair damaged or blocked ecosystem functions with the primary goal of benefitting a particular human purpose.  Some of the interventions include mitigating erosion and wetland rehabilitation.

Urban Space Management

Providing cleaning and gardening services in public urban areas to ensure that these areas are kept clean and free from litter and weeds, green spaces are regularly watered and maintained, and that threats to public health and safety are promptly reported.

 

Wildlife Monitoring & Datasets

Wildlife monitoring of birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals is done using a variety of methods including camera trapping, observations and capture and release. Camera trapping makes use of remotely activated camera traps for wildlife viewing or research purposes such as studies on nest ecology, the detection of rare species, the estimation of population size and species richness, and habitat use.  Additionally, data can also be collected to assess the state of a given species, particularly red-listed, threatened and/or priority species, including aspects relating to population dynamics, breeding success and the occurrence of immigration/emigration.

Fire Management Services

Fire Management services offered by NCC include fire break creation and maintenance, fire risk assessments and the compilation of fire management plans.  Fire break maintenance is done in accordance with the legal requirements stipulated in Sections 12 and 13 of the National Veld and Forest Fire Act, 1998 (Act No. 101 of 1998), as well as relevant local by-laws.  Fire risk assessments comprise the evaluation of premises in order to identify fire safety hazards to people, properties and the environment.  Fire management plans are strategic plans detailing specific programmes to be used in the management of both wild and controlled fires.

Protected Area Management

NCC offers valuable services covering different aspects of protected area management, including the compilation of protected area management plans and annual plan of operations (APOs). The hands-on management of protected areas involves the implementation of protected area management plans.

Wildlife Permits

The completion and submission of applications for all permits related to specific listed activities involving certain listed indigenous fauna and flora species, as is required by provincial and national legislation, including the National Forests Act, 1998 (Act No. 84 of 1998), National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004 (Act No. 10 of 2004) and the Nature Conservation Ordinance, 1974 (Ordinance No. 19 of 1974).

  

Wildlife Capture & Relocation

Capturing and relocating wild animals on a small scale, using international best practice methods.  Relocation is done for a variety of reasons, including wildlife management, pest control and damage prevention purposes.

Conservation Operations Track Record

  • DEA (2014-2017): Project Development and Management of the 'Helderberg Land Users Incentives Project' - Secured R6m from the Department of Environmental Affairs for the wages of alien clearing contract workers for private landowners in the Helderberg Basin.
  • Seasonal eradication of Guttural Toads for the City of Cape Town.
  • Estate management and landscaping at Bokkemanskloof, Hout Bay.
  • CoCT (2003-2007): Management of all of theCity of Cape Town's Nature Reserves.
  • Species monitoring of the endangered Western Leopard Toad, including DNA sampling and population and species data collection for the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).
  • House Crow (Corvus splendens) eradication for the City of Cape Town.
  • Invasive fish eradication at Century City.
  • Reserve management of Plattekloof Natural Heritage Site for Eskom.
  • Managing the urban spaces within the Muizenberg Improvement District (MID).
  • Capture and relocation or removal of Mallard Ducks, domestic geese, Egyptian Geese, etc for various clients.
  • Management of the Baboon Monitoring Programme for the City of Cape Town.  This included managing the baboon monitors, minimizing human wildlife conflict and trialling new management interventions.
  • Rehabilitating Die Oog Wetland for the City of Cape Town.
  • Erosion control and rehabilitation at Blaauwberg Conservation Area and at Plattekloof Natural Heritage Site.
  • Removal of invasive non-indigenous vegetation for the Breede Overberg Catchment Management Association (BOCMA).
  • Bird Monitoring (species data collection) and bat monitoring on potential wind farm sites.

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