Plett Hope Spot program
Hope Spots are special conservation areas that are critical to the health of the ocean — Earth’s blue heart. World famous marine conservationist Dr Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue International is committed to developing Hope Spots around the world, with 50 Hope Spots already in existence. Networks of Hope Spots maintain biodiversity, provide a carbon sink, generate life-giving oxygen, preserve critical habitat and allow low-impact activities like ecotourism to thrive. They are good for the ocean, which means they are good for us. By engaging government, businesses, schools, research organizations, universities, civil society and the media, Hope Spots effect significant changes so that future generations can thrive on a healthy planet, with a healthy ocean.
The first 6 Hope Spots in Africa were launched by The Sustainable Seas Trust in South Africa in December 2014! These five sites have been specifically chosen to represent the unique marine biodiversity South Africa has. The five special sites chosen as Africa’s first Hope Spots are False Bay, Whale Coast, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Algoa Bay and Aliwal Shoal. South African Hope Spots will have a place for you, your family or your business, club, school, university, they are our Home of Hope - Ikhaya lethemba. South African Hope Spots will be unique in many respects, but most importantly they are to be fully people orientated; they will be driven by communities of caring people drawn from all sectors of society.
The NVT is proud to be one of the partners driving the establishment of the Plett Hope Spot, which is chaired by Dr Mark Brown.