Buffelsdraai Reforestation Project

Why Buffelsdraai?

-Climate change adaptation and mitigation programme triggered by 2010 World Cup

-Buffelsdraai = a new landfill site requiring a buffer zone

-Large-scale restoration effort to address:


-Climate change

-Social upliftment

How does the project work?

Reforestation Research Highlights

  • Development of students through opportunity to work on real world problems & influence action
  • Capacity building for Municipal staff
  • Publications in relevant scientific journals & popular literature
  • Growth in the partnership between EM and UKZN and the anticipated interdisciplinary research approach, and the opportunities it provides
  • Knowledge generation for the region & municipality – lessons were learnt & shared
  • D’RAP has potential to be internationally relevant