Predators, Farming And Biodiversity In The Karoo | WWF South Africa

Predators, Farming And Biodiversity In The Karoo

The project aims to provide the first landscape-level study of socio-ecological variables, which affect small livestock farming in the Karoo, to ensure that the Karoo landscape continues to serve people in a productive manner while conserving the natural integrity of the ecosystem.

A multi - disciplinary approach has been taken to conduct a study on 100,000 hectares of land in the Koup ward of the Laingsburg district in order to assess the socio-ecological variables which affect the biodiversity and economic viability of small livestock farming in the region.

The study is essential in understanding how previous and current farming practices affect landscape health and small livestock viability in the Karoo.

Data collection is focused on collecting information on:

  • the fauna and flora, exploring diversity, richness and abundance;
  • livestock management methods such fencing, artificial water, stocking densities, livestock species, livestock practices, predator control methods;
  • and economic indicators, such as stock losses, labour costs, weaning rates, wool and red meat prices.

The data will be used to further understand the current levels of landscape integrity and land productivity in the Koup ward.

Proposed outputs will have value for farmers, conservation managers and agricultural and environmental policy-makers, in enabling a way forward in farming and the biodiversity in the region.

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