HOW DO WE GUARANTEE ECONOMIC GROWTH IN BIODIVERSITY?
The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has embarked on the development of the Biodiversity Economic Strategy targeting the wildlife and bio-prospecting economies.
The strategy aims to contribute to the reduction of poverty in rural areas through the development and capitalisation of resources and hidden skills currently available in areas where the poorest South Africans live, thus incorporating marginalised communities into the greater biodiversity economy.
The strategy supports inclusive economic opportunities through the harmonisation of modernisation, rural development and expansion of value chains in that environment.
With that, the establishment of Biodiversity Economic Nodes that act as strategic vehicles to achieve economic, social and environmental objectives can be achieved through an integrated land use planning process.
Co-ordination and leveraging on the resources and strength of the various partners in the sector, particularly between government, like-minded landowners and the private sector, is essential for successful growth of the sector.
Ms Edna Molewa, Minsiter of Water and Environmental Affairs is given an overview of kraalbos farming.