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OOver the past two decades, Grootbos has gone beyond simply conserving the pristine Cape Floral Kingdom. They are constantly researching, innovating and pioneering novel solutions to fundamental sustainability challenges. Their sustainability mindset is embedded throughout their entire operation and is an integral part of the Grootbos DNA.
LLocated close to the southernmost tip of Africa in the Western Cape, Grootbos is a eco-reserve tucked between mountains, forest and sea. The reserve spans 2,500 hectares of pristine wilderness. The reserve is home to 868 known plant species, 100 endangered plant species, 23 mammal species and three milkwood forests which are over 1,000 years old. The accommodation within the reserve consists of Forest Lodge, Garden Lodge and Private Villas.
Following a recent on-site assessment and external audit, Grootbos has officially been certified as carbon-negative since 2018. Their carbon-negative status is a testament to their dedication to their overarching conservation and sustainability vision.
This is an incredible milestone in the Grootbos sustainability journey and while their carbon-negative status is a natural by-product of what they inherently do, they are nonetheless excited to share this achievement. Grootbos will continue to pioneer ways to protect, conserve and uplift the environment and surrounding communities.
The Grootbos carbon credits align with internationally approved methodologies and are attributable to deliberate interventions. A few of their long-term projects include reforestation, fire management, renewable energy sources, recycling of solid waste, organic waste management and community development.
Grootbos is one of only 10 Long Run Global Ecosphere Reserves (GER) in the world and subscribes to the 4C Long Run framework, which prioritises the symbiotic focus of Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce equally, to internalise sustainability.
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