Responding to claims made by private firms and state agencies regarding the promise of shale gas as a cheap source of energy for South Africa, WWF South Africa (WWF-SA) has undertaken an analysis of these claims in its latest report framework to assess the economic reality of shale gas in South Africa.
South Africa’s 24 marine protected areas (MPAs) are critical for the health of future fish stock, but their significance is not fully appreciated. From coastal residents and fishers through to government prosecutors and judges, a lack of understanding of the importance of these areas continues to hamper efforts to manage MPAs effectively.
A recent study undertaken by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) revealed that gum trees (Eucalyptus), certain crops, indigenous trees and shrubs, flowering plants in suburban gardens and even roadside wildflowers or weeds are all critically important to South Africa’s indigenous honey bees.
A Land Reform and Biodiversity Stewardship Initiative (LRBSI) learning exchange was held from the 10th – 12th of February, at Ascot Conference Centre in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. The theme of the learning exchange was Building Capacity to catalyse a Biodiversity based Economy in Land Reform.