WATCH: A documentary detailing the work of the Duiwenhoks Conservancy

Situated close to the Duiwenhoks river in the Eden District of the Western Cape, is a small village called Vermaaklikheid. The landscape surrounding the village used to be pristine limestone fynbos. It is now heavily infested with rooikraans (acacia cyclops) which has a negative impact on all aspects of biodiversity, as well as being a fire hazard and reducing water flow from springs. In partnership with SouthSouthNorth, the Duiwenhoks Conservancy raised funding from the Global Environment Facility to support a number of conservation projects within the village.

These projects include:

  • The clearing of invasive alien plants and harvesting of firewood
  • A community vegetable garden
  • The harvesting of thatching reed

The goal of these projects is to create jobs and income for local residents, conserve the natural environment and to support a functioning community. This short documentary tells the story of Abie and James and the work done on these projects, in the village of Vermaaklikheid.

Watch the documentary here

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This working paper focuses on understanding the concept of ‘bankability’ in support of the development of quality ‘bankable’ project proposals – to assist countries’ access to international climate finance.

Read: Six tips for funding impactful research

This CDKN Essentials outlines the main lessons learned about commissioning through a research call model. It is aimed at other funders of research who want to influence policy, planning and practice in climate compatible development and beyond. Researchers seeking guidance on achieving impact should see resources such as 10 things to know about how to influence policy with research.

READ: Green Climate Fund proposal toolkit 2017

This toolkit helps key audiences understand how to fulfil the Green Climate Fund’s requirements when developing a fully-fledged funding proposal.

READ: CDKN Annual Report 2017

Throughout the year, CDKN provided guidance on the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), integrating climate actions into economic sectors – agriculture, urban development, water resources and energy systems – and supported access to finance from both public and private sources. In this Annual Report 2017, CDKN distills the rich learning from these projects across Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean.


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