The area covered by the third project is also located on the Berg River, or to be more precise surrounds it. It adjoins the northern end of the Arboretum Climate Park and covers four hectares of land across a stretch of two river kilometres. 'We are lucky that the three projects along the Berg River are contiguous, yet clearly distinguishable from each other in terms of content', says Cindy Winter, explaining how this enabled the partners to use several support instruments. 'This allows us to gradually expand the area and ensure that the results complement each other,' says Ms Winter.
In contrast to the first renaturing project, this second Nakopa project focuses on working together with property owners along the Berg River, and thus combining private and public efforts for the river ecosystem. From early 2021 onwards, this will enable the partners to restore a larger area around the river. Furthermore, public awareness of the importance of the Berg River as Drakenstein's lifeline will be further raised. 'We used the first Nakopa project as a small-scale laboratory, so to speak', says Ralf Mützel. He adds: 'Using the experience we have gained, we can take this project to a larger scale and, as we shift the focus, adapt it even better to our partners’ needs.'
There are plans to also create a footpath along the river, linking the area of this project with that of the first and the climate park. 'As they walk along the footpath, walkers will get to know the projects in context', explains Cindy Winter. A so-called rehabilitation garden next to the path offers space to relax – for employees of companies along the river and for anyone else seeking recreation. School groups are also welcome to use the project area together with their teachers as a place of education for sustainable development (ESD).