IBA Grasslands Programme | WWF South Africa

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IBA Grasslands Programme

This programme aims to improve habitat protection, management and advocacy for grasslands and associated threatened bird species in Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) through the Biodiversity Stewardship Programme, mining mitigation and strategic partnership development.

Through the IBA Grasslands Programme, the WWF Nedbank Green Trust seeks to support Protected Areas expansion in the Free State, by assisting the Free State Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (FS DETEA) in order to further establish Protected Environments along the corridor connecting the Sneeuberg Protected Environment (in Memel) with Ingula (near Harrismith).

The Trust is also involved in funding and supporting programmes such as the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) with the aim to assist the Agency in supporting landowner incentives in order to support and sustain current Protected Environments, focused on provincial Biodiversity Stewardship Programmes.

The Trust also supports capacity building interventions in BirdLife South Africa, whose work is focused on effectively engaging and partnering with the mining sector through the Mining Partnership Development, NGOs, business and government to ensure the sustained success of the IBA and Biodiversity Stewardship Programmes in Mpumalanga and Free State.

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How the Green Trust is Funded

The Trust is funded through the Nedbank Green Affinity Programme, where clients who opt for the competitively positioned Nedbank Green Affinity bank, investment account or insurance policy, can contribute to the Trust at no cost.