The Cape Action for People and the Environment (CAPE) Legacy Project is a catalytic process, incorporating monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and the opportunity to create a vision for the future. It will build institutional M&E capacity at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and amongst CAPE partners. Oversight and and facilitation will be undertaken through CAPE governance structures, including the Implementation Committee (CIC) and landscape initiatives.

SANBI, through Table Mountain Fund (TMF) co-funding, appointed a service provider from late 2018 to facilitate and document a participant-driven evaluation of CAPE that both assesses what has happened in the past and shapes the future of collaboration for the Fynbos and her people. This project consists of a number of aspects:

(1) A stakeholder evaluation of the CAPE Strategy 2020 that looks back on lessons and achievements of the past 20 years;

(2) A learning process for CAPE partners in the biodiversity conservation sector of the CFR (Cape Floristic Region); and

(3) A process to inform the future direction of CAPE partner organisations and a possible new collective effort in the CFR based on new imperatives.

On 1 March 2019, the CAPE partners gathered to formally launch the CAPE Legacy Project. The event was intended for all CAPE role-players. Supporters and partners – past, current and future –  were invited to participate, and 42 people attended.

The workshop was facilitated by the appointed project service providers, Sue Soal, Tracey Konstant and Geordie Ractliffe of Singizi Consulting Africa, and involved creative activities and conversation that actively engaged all participants.

Early findings of a document review were shared in the form of a detailed interactive timeline, as were emerging questions in relation to CAPE’s legacy. Opportunities were created to reflect on the CAPE experience, to share CAPE stories, and to shape the legacy questions, all of which will be taken as input to the evaluation process.

As the partnership-driven programme heads towards the 20th year of CAPE’s work, its partners have called for a reflective look at its legacy: its impacts, evidence for these and lessons learnt. All of this should provide a basis for visioning for the future. The CAPE Legacy Project seeks to review the last 20 years and explore questions of lasting impact in a way that engages the CAPE network and community in reflection, discussion and thinking together about the future.

The event on 1 March allowed the CAPE partners to begin with the process of community reflection, engagement and evaluation, and is the first of several engagements to be held over the coming year.

CAPE is a partnership programme consisting of government and civil society organisations which was formed around a 20-year vision for conserving and restoring the biodiversity of the Cape Floristic Region (CFR) and the adjacent marine environment, while delivering significant benefits to the people of the region.

The CAPE legacy timeline is still open for engagement from all partners and stakeholders across the Cape Floristic Region. It will be up in the foyer of the Centre for Biodiversity Conservation at Kirstenbosch from mid-June, and will also travel with the legacy project team to landscape initiative engagements and this year’s Fynbos Forum. Please come and make your contribution to the legacy process!

For more information about the CAPE Legacy Project contact Malukhanye Mbopha,                                   tel.: 021 799 8404, e-mail:; or Sue Soal:


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