The NPO, Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) Drylands Conservation Programme has received a new Ford Ranger from the Ford Wildlife Foundation (FWF) and this is to support emerging and commercial farmers.
“Good management of our arid drylands has a direct conservation impact on wildlife species, so our Drylands Conservation Programme is assisting farmers with very practical actions such as training, introducing management plans, changing grazing practices, and developing alternative income streams to help take the pressure off the land,” says Cobus Theron, programme manager for the EWT Drylands Conservation project.
“Traversing long distances and hard roads in the vast Karoo calls for a reliable, capable vehicle,” Theron says. “Vehicles are essential equipment for conducting our work, but it is extremely difficult to raise funds to buy or lease them. This sponsorship is invaluable and will help us direct more resources to our strategy and impact. The Ford Ranger will help get our team safely to their destinations so that we can have a positive impact on species, habitats and people.”
With more than half of our country semi-arid, climate change and untenable development it is a tough battle to farm here. The EWT’s Drylands Conservation Programme works to encourage maintainable use of drylands biodiversity with the Integrated Farm Planning Course and a resource website, www.karooforever.org.za.
“Non-profit organisations such as the Endangered Wildlife Trust do exceptional work protecting our precious natural resources, and threatened habitats, ecosystems and animals,” says Lynda du Plessis, manager of the Ford Wildlife Foundation. “We are delighted to extend our ongoing support of the EWT by providing a Built Ford Tough Ranger for its Drylands Conservation Programme as part of Ford’s ongoing commitment to preserving the biodiversity of our country.”