LandCare is a community-based approach where members of the community are assisted by the Department to identify, plan and implement practices to ensure sustainable production systems, to address environmental issues and to protect natural resources.
o Promote partnerships between the communities , the private sector and government in the management of resources
o Establish institutional arrangements to develop and implement policies, programmes and practices that will encourage the sustainable use of natural resources
o Encourage skills development for sustainable livelihoods
o Encourage opportunities for the development of business enterprises with a sustainable resource management focus
o Enhance the longterm productivity of natural resources
Resource poor communities
o Applications for participation in the LandCare programme must be submitted to the district LandCare coordinator in August of each year. The application forms are available from the district landcare coordinator.
o The application must be supported with a detailed project proposal, which must provide the following detail:
o Communication strategy for providing information from the project to users
o How the success of the project against the stated objectives and achievements will be assessed
o Demonstrate cost effectiveness of the proposed activities
o A detailed project management plan.
o Specify links between the proposed activities
o Demonstrate how they will improve agricultural resource management
o Include awareness raising, skills development and training that will address natural resource management
o Identify opportunities for the development of business enterprises with a sustainable resource management focus
o A district assessment panel must determine if the proposals address district IDPsí and comply with landcare criteria. A recommendation must then be submitted by 31 August to the Provincial endorsement panel
o The Provincial Endorsement Panel must prioritize the proposals and make recommendations to the National Assessment Panel. The recommended projects must be within the fund allocated to the Province.
o Submission of Provincial proposals must be forwarded to National Department of Agriculture before 30 September
o Economic viability
o Address and recognize primary causes of resource decline
o Sustainable use and conservation of resources
o Social and political sustainability of the project
o Potential to improve household food security
o Potential degree of benefit to target groups
o Potential of short term job creation
o Appropriateness of technology and potential for project spread
o Ability of project owners to plan, manage and maintain the project in the long term
o Community ownership and community contribution
o Development of skills and capacity within the community
o Representation in the Project Steering Committee should address gender equity,
o The project should ensure gender and disability sensitivity
o Contribution to LandCare awareness and education
o Community aspirations and wishes about the future of the project
Implementation must be according to the approved proposal
MONITORING AND EVALUATION
o The progress must be monitored on a monthly basis against the objectives and indicators which have been part of the project proposal.
o District landcare coordinators must submit financial reports on a monthly basis to the Provincial landcare coordinator and non financial reports (EPWP format) on a quarterly basis.
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