We partner with several local communities in terms of environmental awareness initiatives, community cleanup events, and community re-greening programs. By resourcing, assisting and educating local communities, we put conservation issues at the forefront of sustainable community development, which is where it should be.
In 2006 the NVTrust participated in a development proposal for the extension of Kurland Village (480 RDP houses). One of the outcomes was the establishment of the Kurland Village Environmental Liaison Committee. Members include the developers (Bitou Municipality), contractors, The Nature’s Valley Trust, community representatives and environmental consultants. Following consultation with all interested and affected stakeholders including the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF now DAFF) and surrounding property owners it was agreed that there would be tremendous value in terms of raising awareness of the benefits of a healthy environment, through projects such as providing trees for new homeowners, river clean-ups etc. The result is the Kurland Village Greening and Clean-up Programme and the NVT has undertaken to
- provide indigenous trees to 100 homeowners each year
- provide fruit trees for homeowners in Kurland Village in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
- facilitate community and river Clean-up days