On 30th July at the Ward Feedback meeting, Dr. Ian Lewis - Chairperson Rooiels Conservancy (REC) gave a presentation on the importance of getting formal protection for all the areas currently zoned nature reserve. See the 7 minute presentation on video
Which Areas currently Zoned Nature but not yet formally protected will be included in the Nature Reserve
See the Blog post below for the Background and Rationale for extending the Reserve.
The Rooiels Nature Reserve currently comprises Erfs 211, 212 and 343. It is proposed now that all those areas currently zoned as nature reserve be declared formally protected. This was an initiative started some years previously and this year has been formally presented to Cape Nature and to the Overstrand. The proposed areas are those indicated green on the Rooiels map below and includes the shoreline and Erfs 1, 199, 320, 321, 326, 368, 370 and 373.
Below the Map are the key aspects that will be includd in the Management plan for the extended Rooiels Nature Reserve.
The Properties for inclusion into the Protected Rooiels Nature Reserve have been identified as together comprising an area with high conservation value in that:
These obligations, drawn from the Cape Nature Conservancy agreements from other areas, will form the underpinning of the Management of the entire RENR in the future:
5. OBLIGATIONS OF LANDOWNER AND CONSERVANCY IN RESPECT OF CONSERVED AREA
5.1 Compliance with the Management Plan
The Landowner and Conservancy shall comply with all the terms and conditions set out in the
5.2.1 The Landowner and Conservancy shall not construct, erect or upgrade, or allow the
construction, erection or upgrading, of any buildings, roads or structures in the Conserved Area,
except as expressly provided for in the Management Plan (and subject to any regulations
published by the MEC in terms of section 87) to further the conservation of biodiversity
in the Conserved Area.
5.2.2 The Landowner and Conservancy shall obtain any necessary approval, permission or exemption
required in order to undertake any development contemplated in the Management Plan.
5.3.1 The Landowner and Conservancy shall not remove or destroy, or permit the destruction or
removal of, any indigenous species in the Conserved Area, save as expressly required in the
5.3.2 The Landowner and Conservancy shall not plant, or permit the planting of, any flora other
than local non-invasive indigenous flora in the Conserved Area.
5.3.3 The Landowner and Conservancy shall not do, or permit, any act that may adversely affect any
indigenous flora and fauna, or their habitats, in the Conserved Area.
5.4.1 The Landowner and Conservancy shall not do, or permit, any act that may adversely affect the
natural state, flow, supply, quantity or quality of any water resource located in the Conserved
5.5 Commercial Activity
5.5.1 The Landowner and Conservancy shall not permit or consent to any prospecting, exploration,
or mining in the Conserved Area.
5.5.2 The Landowner and Conservancy shall not permit or consent to the placement of any
transmission lines, telecommunication lines, cellular towers or public works in the
5.5.3 The Landowner and Conservancy shall not subdivide, or permit the subdivision of, the Conserved Area.
5.5.4 The Landowner and Conservancy shall not operate, or permit the operation of, any trade,
industry or business in the Conserved Area.
5.6 Other Human Activities
5.6.1 The Landowner and Conservancy shall not use, or permit the use of, motorcycles or four-wheel drive vehicles in the Conserved Area unless their use is necessary for the proper management and protection of the Conserved Area.
5.6.2 The Landowner and Conservancy shall not dump, or permit the dumping of, any waste material in the Conserved Area.
5.6.3 The Landowner and Conservancy shall not hunt, or permit hunting, to take place in the
Conserved Area unless it is necessary for the proper management of the fauna located in the
Conserved Area, and the proper permits have been obtained and restrictions adhered to.
5.6.4 The Landowner and Conservancy shall only permit the general public to access the Conserved
Area as provided for in the Management Plan.
Formalisation of protection for all the areas currently zoned Nature Reserve (green) to be declared a Protected Area as part of the Rooiels Nature Reserve
Background and Rationale
ROOIELS COASTAL NATURE RESERVE – SUBMISSION OF CONSIDERATIONS TO REVIEW COMMITTEE WITH A VIEW TO APPLYING FOR THE EXPANSION OF THE EXISTING PROTECTED AREA
QUALIFYING CRITERIA AND CONTRIBUTION TO WCPAES OBJECTIVES
Inclusion of a wide range of ecosystems and the creation of various corridors
The target area (as set out as an Annexure to the PAES document), comprises the Koppie at the entrance to Rooiels, the coastal edge all along Rooiels which includes seeps and wetland, the Rooiels River estuary, the riverine area along the Rooiels kloof, the mountain slope above the river and the coastal transition zone which links the terrestrial and marine environments.
The target area is uniquely rich and contains a wide diversity of habitats and nature elements which are not usually found in such a single short stretch of the coastal belt.
That target area is uniquely situated and chosen to create a vital link between the core zone of Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve and the buffer zone of the coastal and inland smallholdings (most of the latter have Critical Biodiversity status).
Combined with the naturally vegetated fynbos road verges in Rooiels , the target area will (a) create a corridor through the village of Rooiels between mountains-and-sea, (b) create a corridor along the coast-to-coast along between the smallholdings and the Rooiels estuary and (c) create a corridor from the core zone of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve to the coast and link it to the existing RENR.
As part of her commitment to environmental integrity, Dr Rabie, the new mayor of the Overstrand Municipality, in her inaugural address pledged her support to the Rooiels community in their endeavours to support biodiversity. Expanding the RENR would be a natural part of this initiative.
The village of Rooiels is a conservation community, situated directly between the core zone of the Kogelberg Biosphere (KBR) and the buffer zone to the Biosphere.
The Rooiels community has for many years adopted the Rooiels Vision (see Rooiels website https://rooiels.weebly.com/) as its community ethos. The Rooiels Vision is a document approved by all the community organisations of Rooiels and it is continuously communicated to property owners. In essence its aim is to safeguard of the natural ecological-heritage of the area which has been established and maintained over decades.
The Rooiels Vision emphasises that, only through a strong community spirit and by putting the Vision for Rooiels into action, can the natural splendour of Rooiels as the gateway to the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve be maintained and conserved.
The Rooiels community is committed to conserve its natural character by:
The majority of property owners in the Rooiels community actively support conservation with some 90% indicating that nature was a factor in their decision to buy or live in Rooiels (Link to Survey). The community will be engaged in a participation process in the present application process for expansion of the RENR.
Members of the Rooiels community have the capabilities to assist the Overstrand Municipality and CapeNature in preparing the draft the application documentation for expansion of the RENR and to perform the required legal work.
CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT PLAN AND SOME SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS
As the target area for inclusion is highly diverse and as such some of the elements of the properties proposed for inclusion in the RENR may require special attention:
Declaration of the target area as a Nature Reserve and as a Protected Area, with a legally enforceable management plan, will greatly support Overstrand Municipality and the Rooiels community in their conservation and biodiversity aims.