Founding Statement

GREATER KRUGER ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION FOUNDATION

 

A. Founding Members:

Balule Nature Reserve, Kapama Game Reserve, Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, Sabi Sand Wildtuin, Selati Game Reserve, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Thornybush Game Reserve, Umbabat Private Nature Reserve, Karingani Game Reserve (Mocambique) together with strategic and inter dependant alliances with the Kruger National Park, the Peace Parks Foundation and the World Wildlife Fund.

 

B. Introduction:

  • The current poaching epidemic continues to escalate despite the strong initiatives and substantial resources that have been allocated and committed to date by both the state and private sector.
  • A significant threat exists to the bio-diversity of the region and the sustainability of the substantial economic activity that the conservation and tourism industries have created, together with the related employment opportunities for neighbouring communities.
  • Solutions to the threat require addressing security issues as well as the poor socio-economic conditions and prospects in neighbouring communities.
  • Strong government and private sector institutions focused on these issues together with regulators are already in place and have been active for some time.
  • The effectiveness of the resources committed by all stakeholders engaged in combatting the threat and the upliftment of impacted communities could be enhanced through effective co-operation, co-ordination and resource optimisation across the region.
  • Funding capabilities are fragmented and solutions difficult to implement where collective commitments are required. Future requirements potentially exceed the reasonable capabilities of both the state and private sector.

 

C. Objectives:

  • To establish a regional wild life endangered species and community development Foundation (“The Greater Kruger Environmental Protection Foundation” – “GKEPF”) initially focused on the Wild Life Areas of the Central Lowveld, the Joint Protection Zone of the Kruger National Park and the adjacent Greater Lebombo Conservancy in Mozambique (substantially the lowveld area between the Sabie and Olifants Rivers), irrespective of the underlying ownership ( privately-, state – or community-owned) of the protected area (“the Greater Kruger Environmental Protected Zone” – “GKEPZ”).
  • To develop the capabilities that exist with-in the region for the protection of endangered species, in the first instance rhino, by enhancing the effectiveness of management authorities and resources through:
  • The establishment of alliances between all of the stake holders in the Greater Kruger Protected Zone together with reputable organisations such as The Peace Parks Foundation and the World Wildlife Fund to form the Greater Kruger Environmental Protection Allaince (“GKEPA”)
  • Effective sharing and exchange of information and intelligence within the Alliance
  • Co-ordination of strategic planning across the GKEPZ unhindered by boundaries
  • Co-ordination and optimisation for the most effective and efficient deployment of resources, including the use of advanced technology to combat the threat across the region
  • Implementation of projects to improve protection within the GKEPZ and in the neighbouring communities
  • To address the socio-economic conditions and prospects in neighbouring communities in the region in both South Africa and Mozambique, where poor conditions are further impacted by established and developing criminal networks through:
  • Leverage existing NGO’s, education, training and development resources to a higher level of effectiveness.
  • Co-ordination and optimisation of skills training, education and development resources, including technology
  • Facilitation of development alternatives and growth paths for economic activity
  • To enhance existing and future fund raising resources and capabilities through the Foundation for the GKEPZ for both endangered species (specifically rhino) and community upliftment through:
  • The establishment of the GKEPA
  • Foundation objectives supported by skilled and experienced resources already engaged and whose efficacy will be greatly enhanced by the co-ordination and leverage that the Foundation and its regional structure will provide
  • The GKEPF as a strong profile Foundation with potential scale for donors, focused on a comprehensive solutions and objectives supported by skilled and experienced resources already engaged and whose efficacy will be greatly enhanced by the co-ordination and leverage that the Foundation and its regional structure will provide
  • Funding available to stakeholders in the region (government and private) for approved initiatives through transparent and accountable processes based on sound principles.

 

D. Foundation entity:

  • Nature of the entity to be formed:
  • Incorporation of a Not for Profit Company (NPC) under S8 (1) of the Companies Act 71 of 2008 with CIPC.
  • Registered as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) with SARS.
  • Appoint credible auditors
  • Opening of banking accounts (current and investment)
  • Memorandum of Incorporation – will set out how the company will function and operate.

 

E. Governance & Operating Structure:

  • Board of Directors:
  • To include and be drawn from key regional stakeholders, prominent conservation and development figures, donor bodies, prominent business and political figures that can facilitate and enhance the ability of the Foundation to meet its objectives.
  • Advisory Boards or sub committees:
  • Separate Advisory Boards of experts for Endangered Species Protection and Community Development.
  • Function is to advise and assist the Foundation to:
  • Analyse and adjudicate initiatives proposed for funding
  • Approval of beneficiaries
  • Determine appropriate bases for the allocation of funds to approved beneficiaries
  • Operating Structure:
  • Full time in house resources and also to leverage existing regional expertise and resources as far as possible.
  • Fund Raising Capabilities:
  • The scale of potential coverage in terms of both area and the substantial nature of the issues require ambition to achieve substance from inception.
  • The intention is not to replace existing fund raising or benefit organisations, but rather to augment the overall capability for the region.
  • Alliances with major donor organisations will be a fundamental requirement to achieve this.
  • Project initiation:
  • Development of project scope and time lines.
  • Determination of establishment budget
  • Seed capital, bank account:
  • Appointment of advisors (counsel, accountants etc.)