Extinction Rebellion - The story of Tokai Park's plant diversity

This is a story about the conservation significance of Tokai Park, South Africa, the threats it faces, and its opportunity for restoration. Containing two vegetation types that are critically endangered, and over 550 native plant species, this is a site of global significance. However it is now threatened by the invasive alien trees which caused the land to be saved from development by the city of Cape Town in the first place.

Invasive alien trees are problematic in fynbos, and this film details four key reasons for this: water, biodiversity, fire and carbon. Despite the known impacts, the community is divided on what should be done at Tokai Park. Should the alien plantations be retained, or the area restored? Three potential outcomes being considered by the community are presented: (1) compromise, (2) transition planting, and (3) ecological restoration. Which of these will be the fate of this biodiversity hotspot?

This film goes on to explain what ecological restoration is, and the two key types: passive and active restoration. Both have and are being done at Tokai Park, by key conservation organizations, including the Friends of Tokai Park. Restoration at Tokai Park has been remarkably successful to date, largely due to surprisingly intact seedbanks.

What can you do to help? Join Friends of Tokai Park, or a local WESSA (Wildlife and Environment Society of southern Africa) -friends group near you.

Join the extinction rebellion. Get involved in helping during the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

  • Byron-Mahieu van der Linde
  • Alanna Jane Rebelo
  • Alanna Jane Rebelo
  • Alanna Jane Rebelo
  • Tony Rebelo
    Script Editors
  • Leila Mitrani
    Script Editors
  • Zoe Poulsen
    Script Editors
  • Byron-Mahieu van der Linde
    Original Score
  • Philip Malan
    Original Score
  • Brendon Scott
  • Hein Wandrag
  • Byron-Mahieu van der Linde
    Music Supervisor
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature, Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Conservation, Nature, Science
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 10, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    South Africa
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    South Africa
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  • Youtube Premier
    May 12, 2023
    Youtube Premier
Director Biography - Alanna Jane Rebelo

Dr Alanna Rebelo is a senior researcher at the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa as well as a research fellow at Stellenbosch University: Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology. Alanna has a passion for biodiversity conservation, as well as environmental education.

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