The Western Cape Province has more Critically Endangered ecosystems than any other province in the country, according to the recent National Biodiversity Assessment (NBA) by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). This emerged at the 2012 Biodiversity Review held in Cape Town on the 8th and 9th of November 2012 when CapeNature delivered the 2012 State of Biodiversity (SoB) report.
The vision of a greener growth path for South Africa and its potential for job creation has spurred unprecedented national collaboration between the environmental sector and education institutions and agencies, towards the development of quality green skills. Key players convened at The National Environmental Skills Summit (NESS) on 30 and 31 October in Johannesburg to outline the roadmap and prioritise skills development initiatives that will support a robust green economy for South Africa.
Donavan Fullard was recently appointed as the Programme Manager of the South African National Biodiversity Institute’s (SANBI’s) Jobs Fund / Groen Sebenza Project, which intends to build institutional capacity in the biodiversity sector so as to catalyse access to employment and job creation in ecosystem management.
South Africa is on the cusp of a major investment in infrastructure, but are we adequately investing in ecological infrastructure to support our national development priorities of service delivery, job creation and economic growth? This was the central issue debated at the recent Dialogue on Ecological Infrastructure hosted by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) Grasslands Programme at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).