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Preservation is increasingly becoming an important element to many farming operations. Not only is it essential to preserve the environment and the available water, but it also makes economic sense. Preservation farming techniques could reduce input costs; preserving biodiversity and wildlife could open additional avenues for generating an income for farmers in terms of eco-tourism or agri-tourism opportunities; additionally the preservation of biodiversity ensures that strong, disease-resistant strains of local plants are protected.

The term “biodiversity” or “biological diversity” covers all plant and animal species used by people for their survival. Biodiversity is at the root of agriculture since it provides the plants and animals required for production, while agriculture is a crucial element in the knowledge and preservation of biodiversity. An important aspect of the preservation of biodiversity is the sustainable commercial utilisation of local plants; one indigenous species showing a lot of promise is honeybush tea. A report on the potential of the industry was recently compiled by our Agricultural Economics Section.

Read more about South Africa's biodiversity at this Wikipedia link.

South Africa is essentially an arid to semi-arid country, and particularly vulnerable to climate change. Immediate action to preserve avaialble water and indigenous species is essential.

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Klapmutskop Conservancy

The Klapmutskop Conservancy was estblished in 2004 as part of Cape Nature's Stewardship programme by the five farms that share ownership of Klapmutskop - Delheim, Elsenburg, East Hill, Le Bonheur and Warwick. These farms act as curators of the conservancy. Read more about the Klapmutskop conservancy and the rare Renosterveld biome here. The Department of Agriculture: Western Cape's Landcare programme supports the conservancy financially.