Lapalala believes that community involvement is vital, both from a humanitarian point of view and to assist in achieving its conservation aims in a way that is both environmentally and socially sustainable.
Lapalala is actively involved with its surrounding communities and is committed to supporting them in whatever way it can. In addition to creating employment opportunities, Lapalala involves itself in helping communities when they experience times of need. This has included coordinating the provision of water to a local school, the establishment of vegetable gardens to feed families and serve as a source of income and a highly successful project to introduce 21st century teaching methods into local schools via our iPad in schools project.
Moepel Primary gets water
Communities empowered to feed themselves
iPads come to rural schools
Educating for a better future
Environmental education has always been one of the cornerstones of the Lapalala Wilderness vision. The Lapalala Wilderness School (LWS) was established by Clive Walker in 1985 and, since then, more than 60 000 young people have had the unique opportunity to experience and enjoy the spectacular scenery and natural beauty of Lapalala. The school now boasts an excellent reputation for offering environmental education to learners, particularly those attended by previously disadvantaged learners.
Partnering to resolve land claims
In 2005, the members of the Motse Community initiated a land claim involving 13 820 ha (35%) of Lapalala Wilderness. Rather than seeing this as a challenge, Lapalala viewed it as a unique opportunity to involve the community as a means of furthering the environmental and social sustainability objectives of the reserve’s owners. While regulatory complications continue to slow down the process, the partners in this relationship remain committed to working together for a mutually beneficial resolution. Click here for more information.