The conceptualization of the National Environmental Monitor (EM) Programme occurred within the context of two concurrent national challenges: the unemployment in areas adjacent to protected areas and the Rhino Poaching crisis.
The Environmental Monitor (EM) Programme was started by the National Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in response to challenges of high levels of unemployment adjacent to conservation areas, coupled with increases in illegal wildlife trade. The Programme aims to increase conservation capacity within South African National Parks (SANParks), protected areas including provincial and private reserves.
Kruger to Canyons (K2C) is funded by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), implemented by SANParks Biodiversity Social Programmes (SANParks BSP) and managed by the K2C.
People living in the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Region (K2C BR) are fortunate to be custodians of one of the most beautiful landscapes on earth.
The Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve falls within one of the 16 Protected Area sites within the K2C EM Programme and thus projects then include aspects such as Conservation support, Patrols and research.
Four Environmental Monitors are deployed on the GMPGR through an integrated plan, who assist with Conservation support which include various projects and activities to maintain the sustainability within the Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve.