Whale Coast Conservation’s operations divide into four focus areas:
These focus areas may be described as follows:
Eco-Management: Eco-Management divides into two components, one pro-active, Eco-Advocacy, and the other reactive, Eco-Watch.
Through our Eco-Advocacy work we actively engage with governmental and non-governmental organisations and individuals to promote the inclusion of the sustainability philosophy into policy, law, development planning, management thinking and action in and endeavour to transform the way society lives towards sustainability. Whale Coast Conservation participates actively in forums, workshops and public participation processes in which the opportunity is afforded to influence the formulation of government policy, law and planning, often as the only civil society representative from Cape Whale Coast.
Through our Eco-Watch programme, Whale Coast Conservation registers as an interested and affected party (I&AP) in all advertised public participation processes related to environmental impact assessments, change of land use applications outside of the urban edge and selectively inside the urban edge and all other processes that require public participation (e.g. bye laws, zone scheme regulations etc.). We have a strong track record over the past 5 years showing that our involvement has a significant impact in this watchdog role.
The objective is to cause best practice environmental management and eco-sensitive programmes and projects that lead to transformation towards one-planet living and socio-economic upliftment of disadvantaged peoples.
Eco-Learning: Inspire environmental learning and an understanding of one-planet / sustainable lifestyles by developing and facilitating environmental education programmes and developing environmental education capacity within the region. Whale Coast Conservation has developed a Youth Environment Programme (YEP) that supports schools in the Overstrand to provide quality and inspirational environmental education. The Green House is the hub of the learning programme with themed exhibits and learning resources, eco-holiday youth programmes, adult eco-education and research work. Regular eco-adventures for families, CAPS-related adventure lessons for schools and citizen-science projects encourage a love and understanding of nature.
Eco-Living: Whale Coast Conservation’s Eco-Living function includes the display and demonstration of sustainable technology, facilitation of public access to reputable technology suppliers and service providers and assistance with information about how to transform the way we live towards more sustainable solutions.
The objective is to demonstrate how to live more sustainably and to assist people to transform their lifestyles accordingly.
Eco-Community: The Eco-Community focus area provides a thematic framework for and assistance to communities that want to undertake continuous improvement processes. The themes utilised to assist communities are:
- Natural and built environment
- Safe, healthy and productive living
- Resource use
- Heritage and culture
- Local issues
The objective is to encourage community based continuous improvement that uplifts all aspects of community life and is sustainable.
Area of operation: Whale Coast Conservation operates throughout the Cape Whale Coast region and beyond into other areas where such operations:
- Are necessary to achieving objectives within the Cape Whale Coast;
- Are a logical and natural extension of activities within the Cape Whale Coast;
- Do not compromise the OCF’s capacity to effectively perform within the Cape Whale Coast;
- Offer learning or partnership opportunities of mutual benefit;
- Protect principles or policies that, if undermined outside of the Cape Whale Coast, might jeopardise the achievement of objectives within the Cape Whale Coast.