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Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust

One of the greatest threats to biodiversity across the globe is habitat loss and fragmentation. The likelihood of additional loss in the remaining islands of diversity is further exacerbated by poor management within the remnants and the surrounding matrix.

In the southernmost region of Africa, we find one of the most overlooked, under-appreciated biodiversity hotspots found within Mediterranean ecosystems globally: Renosterveld. This diverse and severely threatened habitat is found within the World’s smallest Plant Kingdom: The Cape Floristic Region found in South Africa (most renowned for its showy Fynbos and less so for its Renosterveld which happens to be the richest geophyte habitat on the planet). 

I established the Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust (ORCT) in 2012, with the aim to ultimately conserve and rehabilitate the remaining 5% of this incredible ecosystem within the Overberg through pioneering a unique programme based on working closely with farmers, conservation partners, ecologists, students, and children. We aim to create awareness and excitement around the plight of Renosterveld, particularly amongst those communities and individuals who may have an influence over its future. 


Donations to date

R 321 772.94

Fundraising target

R 700 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 295 010.00

Donor Messages

Arthur & Averil Cousins

This donation is in loving memory of our son Stephen Cousins who loved and was dedicated to preserving the Renosterveld

Herbert Raffaele
Good luck!
Ute Schmiedel
Haarwegskloof is a great place to be - now it wil become a great place for learners to experience nature! Thank you so much, Odette and all for the great work!
I strongly support this important project, and hope you manage to raise all the funds you need.
Robert McKenzie
Very happy to support the crucial work of the OLCT
Cornelia and Rainer Krug
How can we not donate to a cause such a this? Renosterveld has a special place in our hearts. Keep up the good work, Odette!
Linden Morris
I am passionate about the Fynbos, and am keen to learn more about Renosterbos and conserve it for future generations. All the best of luck.
Cathryn & Judith

This is an amazing cause which we are so happy to support!

Gunner, Ranger and Rafa