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Operation Phakisa contributes to job creation in South Africa

Operation Phakisa contributes to job creation in South Africa

 


Oceans economy is important in catalysing economic growth and boosting job creation, as part of government's Nine Point Plan. Operation Phakisa is a major initiative by government to address the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality in South Africa.

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Invitation to IPBES’ webinars to register as external reviewer

Invitation to IPBES’ webinars to register as external reviewer

 

The external review for the second order drafts of the chapters and the first order drafts of the summaries for policymakers (SPM) of the IPBES regional assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services for Africa, Asia-Pacific and Europe and Central Asia, as well as the IPBES land degradation and restoration assessment, is well underway and will continue until 26 June 2017.

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Early draft of the National Status Report on Biological Invasions in South Africa

Early draft of the National Status Report on Biological Invasions in South Africa

 

As you may be aware, the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), in collaboration with the CIB DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (C•I•B) at Stellenbosch University, is currently in the process of compiling South Africa’s first National Status Report on Biological Invasions. SANBI invites comments on any part of the report by no later than 26 May 2017.

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Business and Biodiversity in South Africa

Business and Biodiversity in South Africa

 

Biodiversity is no longer a remote obscure concept but a reality for many of our South African businesses. South Africa’s biodiversity provides an important basis for economic growth and development.

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Draft National Biodiversity Offset Policy for public comment

Draft National Biodiversity Offset Policy for public comment

 

The aim of the National Biodiversity Offset Policy is to ensure that significant residual impacts of developments are remedied, as required by NEMA, thereby ensuring sustainable development takes place in line with the Constitutional Right to an environment that is not harmful to the health and well-being of all who live in South Africa.

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Request for previously disadvantaged individuals with access to land to register in database of biodiversity economy programme

Request for previously disadvantaged individuals with access to land to register in database of biodiversity economy programme

 

 

Previously disadvantaged individuals / communities with access to land with potential for game farming; communities with notable populations and distributions of indigenous plants, nurseries and / or processing facilities are requested to register in the database of the department.

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25 May 2017 - Today I present to this august House the programmes and priorities of the Department of Environmental Affairs: at a time when there is increasing global recognition that today’s economic growth and development trajectory is driven by the worldwide shift to sustainable green economies. This Budget reflects our commitment to a long-term transformative development that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.


23 May 2017 - Today, the Department of Environmental Affairs joins the world in commemorating World Turtle Day. There are seven (7) species of marine turtles in the world, of which five (5) have been recorded in South Africa. These are the Leatherback, Loggerhead, Green, Hawksbill and the rarely seen Olive Ridley turtles.


23 May 2017 - The Department of Environmental Affairs has once again clarified the circumstances surrounding the awarding of a license to conduct mining activity within the Mabola protected environment in Mpumalanga. The Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs was briefed on the issue earlier this month.


22 May 2017 - The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa and her Deputy, Ms Barbra Thomson, will brief the media on the Department’s Budget Vote to be delivered in the National Assembly on Thursday 25 May 2017. The Minister and the Deputy Minister will deliver the Department of Environmental Affairs’ 2017/18 key priorities.


22 May 2017 - The Department of Environmental Affairs today marks the International Day for Biological Diversity- under the theme “Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism.” The theme has been chosen to coincide with the observance of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.