Pachamama Forest Restoration Project

We have acquired a three year funding agreement to plant two thousand trees in 2020 and support their growth into established forests. The budget includes a part for invasive, alien vegetation clearing and is a great support to continue with the work that has already started in this area. 

In the coming months we aim to secure additional funding to expand on this critical work and invest in more machinery and tools to facilitate a successful long-term forest and ecosystem restoration project. 

Project Description

The Pachamama Forest Restoration Project is working to restore degraded land on the edge of the indigenous Knysna forests. Our vision is the full restoration and regeneration of the indigenous forests, focusing on degraded forest edges, riparian zones and land affected by wildfires, on the buffer zone of the Garden Route National Park in the Kraaibosch region, Western Cape. 

We are developing and implementing holistic ecosystem restoration models, and climate mitigation and adaptation strategies. We are doing this through activities such as invasive vegetation management, and planting indigenous trees. In so doing we are creating resilient regenerated ecosystems, by building healthy soil, improving water resilience, and increasing biodiversity.

This phase of the Pachamama Forest Restoration Project will plant 2000 indigenous trees and clear 0.65 hectares of alien vegetation to extend the indigenous forest and increase its resilience to wildfires. 

Objectives and Scope

  • To extend the edge of the indigenous forest by 0.25 hectares (250m x 10m) of the Garden Route National Park, across buffer zone properties in Kraaibosch, Western Cape. 
  • To restore and support the regeneration of the following degraded and sensitive areas:
    1. The riparian zones running through the buffer zone properties: Through the management of invasive vegetation and revegetation/reforestation of endemic and indigenous plants and trees.
    2. The forest edge that was damaged by the 2018 wildfires: Through the management of alien vegetation, in support of natural regeneration and revegetation.
  • Other sensitive areas affected by the recent wildfires: Through invasive vegetation management and appropriate revegetation where necessary.

Outcomes:

Invasive vegetation will be cleared, over 0.25 hectares, along the 250m edge between the buffer zone properties (Farm 149, Kraaibosch, Knysna) and the indigenous forest, supporting the natural regeneration of the forest in areas damaged by wildfires. 

0.4 Hectares of degraded land (that would otherwise be slow to regenerate naturally) will be cleared of invasive vegetation to make space for assisted natural regeneration through the strategic planting of indigenous trees, on Farm 150, Kraaibosch, Knysna.

2000 trees, comprising of both endemic and indigenous varieties will be planted and maintained to restore 0.4 hectares of land on Farm 150, Kraaibosch, Knysna.

2000 water pans will be dug around newly planted trees to catch water and prevent the loss of topsoil through erosion. 

Trees will be monitored to determine growth and survival and a report produced on the ecological contributions of forest restoration interventions. 

This is a developing page and we plan to publish more information soon. Stay tuned!