The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has unveiled a robust environmental strategy to address unprecedented levels of global biodiversity loss. The new strategy entitled “The Future We Want: Biodiversity and Ecosystems – Driving Sustainable Development”, was adopted during the Eleventh Conference of Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad, India and calls for a significant scaling up of investments in 100 countries by 2020.
Governments meeting at the United Nations Framework Convention (UNFCC) on Climate Change Conference (COP18 / CMP8) from the 26th of November until the 7th of December were able to agree on solutions to respond to climate change. The climate change talks were scheduled to end on the 7th of December, but talks continued until the 10th of December.
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.