Jobs for carbon

“Jobs for Carbon: Developing carbon farming in the Klein Karoo”– a flagship initiative which combines job creation with conservation. Carbon farming involves the re-establishment of badly degraded spekboom veld through planting spekboom cuttings, allowing the plants to grow a natural canopy, and then leaving the land undisturbed and free from grazing pressures for many years. Spekboom has a natural capacity to store large amounts of carbon, and this enables the generation of income through the sale of carbon credits in national or international markets. This programme offers many benefits: new jobs created in poor rural communities, new income streams from the sale of carbon credits, restored natural environment attracting more tourism, improved rainwater infiltration, etc.

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Thumbs-up for Jobs for Carbon!

Thumbs-up for Jobs for Carbon!

1/23/17
 An independent evaluation of the Jobs for Carbon project has been completed. The report hails the project and provides good advice on the way forward. According to the reviewers, the project objectives were broadly achieved, and certain targets were substantially exceeded. "The project target of restoring 300ha of spekboomveld was exceeded. Some 812ha was initiated into a process of restoration through the project, either through replanting with spekboom or through the exclusion of grazing animals (or both). The plantings show above average survival in comparison to other localities." "The impact of this project on human capital were outstanding. There were 60 success stories – i.e. 60 people changing from what many critics called ‘unemployable’ to becoming motivated capable labourers skilled in veld restoration and good work practice, and who put food on the table and who paid for schooling." Download the full report below.
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#spekkies = hope for the future…

#spekkies = hope for the future…

7/10/16
 '#spekkies' = hope for the future… The Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve (GCBR) has produced a biosphere-supporting product that will be used to augment restoration and community upliftment efforts run by the GCBR. This product is none other than our most beloved Portulacaria afra, better known as spekboom. Spekboom has been identified as an exceptionally efficient carbon sequestrator (for a semi-arid plant species), and is being promoted throughout ecological and scientific communities as a climate change mitigating species.  (Read more about the Jobs4Carbon project on this website (www.gouritz.com)).
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#spekkies: spekboomplantjies binnekort beskikbaar

#spekkies: spekboomplantjies binnekort beskikbaar

7/21/16
 #spekkies is ’n onderneming wat spekboomsteggies in spesiale planthouers aan die publiek beskikbaar gaan stel. Die onderneming is ’n uitvloeisel van die Jobs4Carbon-projek wat begin 2015 met onder meer Europese Unie-befondsing in die Vanwyksdorpgebied van stapel gestuur is. Jobs4Carbon en #spekkies is inisieer deur die Gourits Groeps-biosfeerreservaat (GCBR=Gourits Cluster Biosphere Reserve). Jobs4Carbon, bestaande uit ’n span van 60 gemeenskapslede van Vanwyksdorp, is besig om 300 ha spekboomveld te restoureer deur spekboomsteggies aan te plant.
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