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The Western Cape Umbrella Association For Conservation of Private Land

About Us

Who we are

 

 

Our members consist of conservancies and conservation minded landowners of the Western Cape.  See map under the About us Section for more information. 


Liz Eglington

C@W Chairperson

Liz Eglington is the owner and farmer of Blue Sky Organics, which became the first certified organic olive farm in South Africa in 2001.  She served on the Board of the SA National Organic Sector Organisation (SAOSO) for 7 years and was instrumental in formulating the SA Organic Policy Document. Liz was awarded Woman Farmer of the Year in 2005 and is a passionate conservationist who runs workshops and training courses on her farm showing how agriculture and conservation can be synonymous.


Mossie Basson

Mossie Basson

C@W Vice Chair

Mossie Basson started his conservation career as ecological planer for Transvaal Nature Conservation 1980, this followed with experience as reserve manager of Suikerbosrand nature reserve, district service manager for Thabazimbi and specialist conservationist Eastern Cape Stewardship programs and then special investigation unit of the Eastern Cape, District service manager stationed at Vrolijkheid. Mossie is the Conservation Manager at Graham Beck Farms since 2002 and under his mentor ship the farm established Biodiversity Campion status in 2006.  He was instrumental in the formation of the Rooiberg Breede River conservancy 2006 and the Karoo Conservation Fund with The Wilderness Foundation and The Game Reserve Brand of wines


Charmaine Delgado

Charmaine Delgado

Charmaine Delgado Charmain Delgado from De Wetshof Wine Estate - working in such a unique and special natural environment, conservation of our natural wildlife and vegetation has always been an integral part of De Wetshof Estate values.


 

Heather Epstein

Heather Epstein

C@W Secretary

Heather Epstein is a part time scientific researcher at UCT .She partners running a small export Protea farm and has been actively involved with the Schapenberg Sir Lowry’s Conservancy since its inception in 2000

 


 

Keir Lynch

Keir Lynch

 

Keir Lynch has been working within the conservation management sector for the past two decades. Since 2012, Keir has been working on landscape conservation, corridor creation and natural resource management with the CapeNature Biodiversity Stewardship Programme (2012-2015), the Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust (2015-Present) and Bionerds.co.za, a conservation planning business operated with his wife, Alouise. Keir has a keen passion for habitat specialist species and strives to conserve and link the ecosystems they are reliant on, across various land use patterns in the landscape.

 


 

Di Marais

Di Marais

C@W Treasurer

Dianne Marais has been with Conservation at Work from its inception as WCCSA in 2006.  Dianne saw the association grow to where Conservation at Work is today. Dianne Marais a microbiologist by trade, is the chairperson of the Hermanus Botanical Society and involved in the conservation of the Fernkloof Nature Reserve and surrounds. Dianne has a passion for the environment and has been actively involved in the conservancy environment for the past 20 years with many great success stories of which the Schapenberg / Sir Lowry’s Conservancy is but one.


 

Garth Mortimer

Garth Mortimer

Partner representative

Garth Mortimer is employed by CapeNature as the Senior Manager for Protected Area Expansion and Stewardship. The main focus of Garths work is to provide strategic leadership and operational guidance to ensure that CapeNature’s Stewardship Programme, Protected Area Expansion Strategy and Landscape Conservation Initiatives, including biodiversity corridors, World Heritage Sites and Biosphere Reserves are effectively implemented and results in an adequate and representative protected area network being secured and effectively managed


 

Francis Steyn

Francis Steyn

Partner Representative

Francis Steyn is representing the team of Sustainable Resource Management: Landcare Western Cape Department of Agriculture and is passionate about the sustainable management of our natural resources and the people that manage these resources.