Sustainable Natural Resource Management


Current projects

Wild Olive Training Centre

Indigo will open the doors of a new local training centre this year: the Wild Olive training will offer training and learning activities for young and mature learners in Nieuwoudtville. Activities will include a range of training courses, interactive field trips and an annual local conference.

 

Eco Fellow Programme

The Eco Fellowship programme was launched in January 2014. It offers 8 Eco Fellows the opportunity to engage in interactive learning activities throughout the school year. Monthly training modules are offered to explore special plants, the use of GPS and GIS, communication skills and other topics. Every Wednesday, the Eco Fellows gather in the Indigo workshop space and have the opportunity to work on specific school projects using computers, accessing the internet with mentoring support from Indigo staff. This project is supported by the Hans Hoheisen Foundation.

 

Summer and Winter School in Nieuwoudtville

For more than a decade Indigo is facilitating one week long summer and winter school in the first week of the school holidays. These activities allow learners to explore a range of different activities - all exploring how to engage with nature, biodiversity and conservation.

The Summer and Winter School are supported by the Hantam National Botanical Garden, the Environmental Monitoring Group and Avontuur Sustainable Agriculture.

 

Phenological Monitoring

For the past 5 years we have been doing phenological monitoring of two threatened plant species in the Nieuwoudtville area: Euryops virgatus and Bulbinella latifolia var doleritica. The monitoring takes place once per year in the flowering season (September) and includes measurements of identified Euyops plants, photo graphs and fixed point photography. This project is implemented in collaboration with CREW / SANBI.

 

Past projects

Sustainable Harvesting of Wild Rooibos

Sustainable Harvesting of Wild Rooibos

Indigo has been working closely with small scale rooibos tea farmers to explore ways of sustainable harvesting of Wild Rooibos. We have compiled this information as a manual available in English and Afrikaans.

For more information contact:
Rhoda Malgas -

Rooibos Ecology

Rooibos Ecology

Indigo has been involved in Mapping different ecotypes of Aspalathus linearis (Rooibos) in the Cedarberg and Bokkeveld area. Further research is exploring the ecology and its threatened plants in the ecosystems associated with Wild Rooibos.

For more information contact:
Rhoda Malgas -

CREW Nieuwoudtville

CREW Nieuwoudtville

Indigo houses the Nieuwoudtville CREW group and organises local events such as Plant Monitoring Day, The Nieuwoudtville Summer and Winter School and biodiversity monitoring activities in collaboration with SANBI / CREW.

For more information contact:
Estholene Moses -

Monitoring of Rare Species

Monitoring of Rare Species

Indigo monitors various threatened and rare plants in the Nieuwoudtville area. We work with farmers and scientists to conserve the unique local biodiversity.

Indigo also convenes the Nieuwoudtville Biodiversity Support Group - a local stakeholder group wanting to protect local biodiversity.

Indigo is also working in close partnership with SANBI and the new Hantam National Botanical Garden - situated just 3 km South of Nieuwoudtville.

For more information contact:
Donna Kotze -

Wupperthal Small Grant Project

Wupperthal Small Grant Project

Indigo has been working in partnership with the Environmental Monitoring Group and the Wupperthal community to find collaborative ways to curb land erosion and degradation in innovative ways.

For more information contact:
Rhoda Malgas -

Organic Product and Certification Support

Organic product and certification support

Indigo has been supporting the Heiveld and Wupperthal tea producers to comply with organic certification. This included advice and participatory mapping of all the rooibos tea lands for the farmers.

For more information contact:
Rhoda Malgas -

Management of Alien Grasses

Management of Alien Grasses

Alien invasive grasses are increasingly threatening the rare and special plants. In the Nieuwoudtville Wild Flower Reserve Indigo is currently undertaking trials to establish best management for wild oat infested Dolerite Renosterveld.

This project is funded by CEPF and is implemented with support of Simon Todd (UCT) and Eugene Marinus (SANBI).

For more information contact:
Bettina Koelle -