Local Environmental Custodianship

Kwanele Mbatha makes a living by subsistence fishing and guiding tourists along South Africa’s Wild Coast but this fragile ecosystem faces the threat of overfishing, damage from oil and gas exploration, mining and many other human activities.

Kwanele and his community were for many years excluded from land ownership and by extension responsibility for their environment. But with support from conservation organisations and a democratic society Kwanele is encouraged to take ownership of this environment and to be a committed custodian who cares for and protects this rich and beautiful place.

Reportage: Simon Stanford
Photo: Simon Stanford
Editing: Niklas Berglund
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