A Framework for Investing in Ecological Infrastructure in South Africa.
The report provides an explanation of ecological infrastructure and investing in ecological infrastructure within the South African context, highlighting the contributions it can make towards national development goals and the biodiversity sector’s own programmes of work. Some key principles for investing in ecological infrastructure are provided, as well as an initial overview of resource mobilisation for investing in ecological infrastructure.
Key messages include the importance of investing in ecological infrastructure within South Africa’s economy, by supporting the provision of essential services, such as water provision, and reducing risk. In particular, both well-functioning ecological infrastructure, and the act of restoring and maintaining ecological infrastructure, aids poverty alleviation, rural development and job creation. The recommendation is that investing in ecological infrastructure should be integrated into the planning and expenditure of a range of government departments, as well as forming an integral component of national planning. The private sector has an important role to play by recognizing the role of ecological infrastructure in managing risk, and taking appropriate actions in response.
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