Landowners in the Compassberg area have initiated a process of proclaiming the Compassberg Protected Environment (CPE) as the first of its kind in the Karoo Biome. Currently, eight livestock and game farmers have joined the CPE, totalling 42 000 hectares of landscape under protection. The CPE asked Living Lands to facilitate a social learning process to create opportunities for landowners to engage in this initiative. A participatory process intends to build ownership and willingness within the CPE’s surrounding landowners in order to foster partnerships that integrate and catalyse resources and funding for the expansion of the initiative. Stakeholder participation and engagement will be achieved by means of interviews, field trips, meetings, workshops and learning exchanges. Better understanding of the social and ecological system will lead to collective action geared towards creating more sustainable land use and species conservation strategies, without eroding the natural capital of livelihoods. At the same time, green economy opportunities are promoted and living landscapes are ultimately created. Living Lands works on the project together with Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) in the Netherlands. The project is co-funded by the World Wide Fund-INNO – The Netherlands.