PSI NatReM Project
- Status: Active Projects and Activities
- Date: 2012
The Dept of Environment Affairs Green Fund (NRM LUI Scheme) has provided the NatReM Project with R13 m+ to implement essential environmental and social initiatives as a platform to incubate sustainable small and medium sized enterprises during 2013-2016. It has leveraged a further R6M+ from landusers (Fairview, Avondale, Bosman Family Vineyards, Ayama, Doran Family Vineyards, Vondeling Wines) and corporates (Pioneer Foods, Mutual and Federal), and private individuals. Business opportunities being pursued include indigenous nurseries and plant sales, childcare facilities for children, clothing manufacture, beekeeping, wood sales, clearing of alien vegetation, erosion repair and prevention, music (entertainment) offerings, integrated fire management, chainsaw service and repair, nature tourism, alternative energy development and veld rehabilitation.
The Paardeberg Alien Management programme was started to clear infestations of alien vegetation in order to protect local water resources, reduce erosion and ensure biodiversity. It is now underpinned by the PSI NatReM project, a public-private partnership under the Department of Environment Affairs Natural Resource Management Landusers Incentive Scheme, while supporting alien clearing initiatives by Cape Nature and local municipalities. The project is also seen as a means to create work opportunities in the Southern Areas Business Unit of the Greater Cederberg FPA.