Living Lands is a not-for-profit organization conserving and restoring living landscapes.
Bringing synergies and added value to the landscape through:
- Promoting living landscapes;
- Mobilising civil society for sustainability;
- Enabling and facilitating social learning processes;
- Fostering mutually beneficial partnerships and participatory networks;
With a positive, creative, committed, honest and transparent approach.
- Building collective awareness and understanding (knowledge base) of the socio-ecological
needs, challenges, values, norms, and behaviours of individuals and organizations;
- Creating collective intelligence surrounding the socio-ecological and economic opportunities and constraints;
- Producing collective action to create and mainstream a shared vision for a living landscape and grow a locally-driven learning network.
- Landscape Mobiliser
Facilitates a social learning process to organise all stakeholders around the vision of living
- Knowledge Broker
Builds a solid knowledge base to inform restoration activities and sustainable development
of the landscape together with local stakeholders, universities and other institutions.
- Landscape Ecologist
Creates solid spatial understanding of the ecosystem and landscapes.
- Network Facilitator
Engages with the PRESENCE network to build private-public partnerships.
- PRESENCE in the Baviaanskloof Program (2007-ongoing):
Water for Food and Ecosystems, Restoration in the Western Baviaanskloof,
Baviaanskloof Hartland: A Place for People and Wildlife.
- PRESENCE in the Kouga Program (2012–2015):
Mobilising Civil Society for Living Landscapes.
- PRESENCE in the Krom Program (2011–2013):
Partners for Water in the Krom.
- Other: The Baviaanskloof TMF Green Micro Grants, Mediation in Water Resources
Management, Biodiversity Stewardship Program, Subtropical Thicket Restoration Program,
PRESENCE Learning Village, Elemental Equity, Spearhead’ Ecosystem and Landscape
Services (SELS), and SynBioSys.
Dieter Van den Broeck:
Co-Director and Social Change Facilitator.
Co-Director and PhD Student (CSIR).
Senior Project and Financial Manager.
Senior Landscape Ecologist and GIS Specialist.
Ecological/Restoration Advisor and Chairman, Director of Ecological Restoration Capital.
Financial Advisor, Financial Manager at Gamtoos Irrigation Board.
Ecological Restoration Advisor, Member of R3G.
Rudolf de Groot:
Scientific Advisor, Associate Professor at Wageningen University.
Spatial Analyst and Management Advisor, Living Lands.
Economy/Institutional Advisor, PhD Candidate at Stellenbosch University and
Research Associate at the Department of Environmental Science, Rhodes University.
Catchment Restoration Advisor, SANBI – Working for Wetlands.
Communications, Education and Outreach Advisor, PhD Candidate at Stellenbosch University.
- Government and Embassy of the Netherlands
- South African Dept. of Environmental Affairs – Natural Resource Program (Working for Water)
- Partners For Water (The Netherlands)
- Water Governance Institute (The Netherlands)
- WWF – Table Mountain Fund (TMF) (South Africa)
- WWF – NL (The Netherlands)
- IUCN Commission On Ecosystem Management (CEM) (Global)
- Gamtoos Irrigation Board (GIB) (South Africa)
- SANBI – Working for Wetlands (South Africa)
- Cape Action for People and the Environment (C.A.P.E.) Partnerhsip (South Africa)
- Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA) (South Africa)
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) (Germany)
Living Lands is currently working on the following landscapes:
Baviaanskloof, Kouga and Krom catchments in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Living Lands is registered as a “Section 21 not-for-profit organization” for conserving and restoring living landscapes.
The organisation was established in 2008 by members of the EarthCollective network.
+27 (0) 21 813 9121
P.O Box 237, Patensie 6335, South Africa
CIPRO Registration Number:
2008 / 023233 / 08