Clarens Village Conservancy
The Conservancy dam is a much loved swimming spot among locals when the summer heat bakes the sandstone, and it’s the perfect way to cool down after a long hike through kloofs and caves up to the top the world.
The surrounding geology shows millions of years of the earth’s timeline in its layers and colors, bands of sandstone and basalt sandwiching the red mud of ancient seas and dinosaur fossils, and the rock art of the first men are all in abundance in the cliffs and caves of Clarens.
Beyond the village there is a wealth of history and adventure in the mountains around Clarens and the Golden Gate Park just down the road.
The Clarens Village Conservancy (CVC) was established in May 2004. It is made up of a group of individuals, homeowners and businesses who got together because they were concerned about the state of their environment, and the surrounding Nature Reserve.
The CVC is registered with the Department of Environmental affairs and is registered as a Non Profit Organization with the Department of Social Development. The CVC supports Co-operative environmental management by working in conjunction with Dihlabeng Municipality to manage the Nature Reserve area in accordance with sound environmental principles as prescribed by the various laws and policies of the nature conservation authorities in this area.
There are many ways in which a conservancy makes a difference in protecting the environment. Much of this is done by being vigilant and lobbying the conservation or municipal authorities when contraventions are detected. It is also important to be proactive and to promote projects that will enhance the environment in which the conservancy operates.
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