BIODIVERSITY ECONOMIC STRATEGY – A RURAL TRANSFORMATION PATHWAY
Biodiversity Economic Strategy will be the core focus of providing enabling environments for rural communities, entrepreneurs and co-operatives to participate in the biodiversity economy, while contributing to poverty alleviation, sustainable development and conservation of the country’s rich biodiversity and ecosystem services.
The Biodiversity Economic Strategy provides the opportunity to redistribute South Africa’s indigenous biological / genetic resources in an equitable manner, across various income categories and settlement areas of the country. Development and growth of the biodiversity economy focuses on markets and activities, which address national socio-economic imperatives. Working collaboratively and cooperatively, the Biodiversity Economic Strategy provides the opportunity to develop the rural economy of the country and address environmental and rural development imperatives of government.