A groundbreaking initiative setting the path for an advanced level of Integrated Fire Management

The Fynbos Biome of South Africa is particularly vulnerable to disaster risks from wildland fire. The region is well known for its floral diversity and has a high global conservation value. The risk is expected to be exacerbated by climate change, which could cause larger and more frequent fires.

The GEF FynbosFire Project aims to reduce this risk by building the capacity of fire protection associations (FPAs) and communities at risk to undertake Integrated Fire Management (IFM). The GEF Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) has granted USD 3.5m to this project, aimed at facilitating the move to IFM.

Other stakeholders include the South African National Department of Environmental Affairs, Western Cape Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries, FPAs, the Kishugu Group of Companies and the United Nations Development Programme.