Strategy 2016-2018

Ensuring Hans Hoheisen's legacy will benefit our environment for generations to come


As a grant maker, the Hans Hoheisen Charitable Trust facilitates the work of Public Benefit Organisations aimed at protecting, restoring and improving the sustainable use of South African species and eco-systems. In support of our Mission, our funding strategy has five overlapping themes:

Objective: To reduce direct pressures on biodiversity with regard to species, habitat and eco-systems
Outcomes: Funding applications submitted must demonstrate 1 or more of the following intended outcomes

  • Reduction in the rate of loss, degradation of natural habitats including forests and fresh water systems
    • Conservancies / promoting stewardship / corridors
  • Improvement in eco-system functioning, restoration and resilience
    • Invasive alien species identification, control, eradication and prevention of reintroduction
  • Reduction in indigenous fauna and fauna species decline

Objective: To limit the extent of climate change
Outcomes: Funding applications submitted must demonstrate 1 or more of the following intended outcomes

  • Improvement in and protection of carbon stocks
    • Reforestation
    • Forest management


  • Minimising waste
    • Community based green recycling initiatives

Objective: To assist Public Benefit Organisations to undertake research into the overlapping biodiversity conservation, climate change, environmental governance and advocacy areas.
Outcomes: Funding applications submitted must demonstrate 1 or more of the following intended outcomes

  • Collation and distillation of learning from existing research into knowledge that can be applied
  • Meeting priority knowledge gaps
  • Initiating and implementing innovative conservation outcomes

Objective:To assist conservation bodies to achieve an improvement in environmental governance and advocacy.
Outcomes: Funding applications submitted must demonstrate 1 or more of the following intended outcomes

  • Increased public participation in and submissions made on draft legislation
  • Capacity building for enhanced environmental advocacy on the part of community based organisations
  • Law enforcement officials undergo appropriate accredited training and are able to effectively monitor and ensure compliance to environmental policy

Objective:To increase the number of environmentally conscious citizens
Outcomes: Funding applications submitted must demonstrate 1 or more of the following intended outcomes

  • Primary and Secondary school learners participate in well-designed environmental awareness programmes that complement the school curriculum and /or its gaps
  • Members of community based organisations acquire increased new environmental knowledge through well-designed capacity building programmes and are able to apply this knowledge in community run environmental programmes
  • Post Matriculants acquire theoretical and practical knowledge that ready them for careers in the conservation field via accredited certificate and diploma courses