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Sappi signs up to Business for Nature's ambitious call to action
Sappi signs up to Business for Nature's ambitious call to actionArticle

Sappi has joined businesses around the world in calling for ambitious, collective action for nature. Covid-19 is causing societies, businesses and governments around the world to focus on ways to emerge more economically resilient from the crisis...

Issued by Sappi 7 hours ago

Coastal and marine economy: Can it be salvaged from the impacts of poor water quality?
Coastal and marine economy: Can it be salvaged from the impacts of poor water quality?Article

We (the citizens) need to re-establish an ecological healthy relationship between nature and culture...

Bonani Madikizela 11 hours ago

Google and FAO launch new big data tool, Earth Map
Google and FAO launch new big data tool, Earth MapArticle

Google and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has developed a new tool anyone, anywhere can access to obtain multidimensional maps and statistics showing key climate and environmental trends wherever they are...

17 Sep 2020

#TourismMonth: Free access to CapeNature reserves in September
#TourismMonth: Free access to CapeNature reserves in SeptemberArticle

Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC Anton Bredell has encouraged locals and visitors to the province to make use of the opportunity to explore the unique heritage that belongs to all...

14 Sep 2020

2020 WWF Living Planet Report warns against business as usual
2020 WWF Living Planet Report warns against business as usualArticle

According to WWF's recently released Living Planet Report 2020, global populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish have suffered an average two-thirds decline in less than half a century...

11 Sep 2020

Sappi celebrates Arbour Day and our heritage by conserving endangered Pepperbark trees
Sappi celebrates Arbour Day and our heritage by conserving endangered Pepperbark treesArticle

There is serendipity in the fact that Arbour Week and Heritage Day are both celebrated in the month of September, which also heralds the beginning of spring in South Africa...

Issued by Sappi 4 Sep 2020

Biodiversity in the balance - degradation threatens economic prosperity
Biodiversity in the balance - degradation threatens economic prosperityArticle

It is a mere six months old, but 2020 has already been a bumper year for natural disasters...

Ashim Paun 14 Jul 2020

Karoo farmers take to the sky to curb the spread of invasive alien plants
Karoo farmers take to the sky to curb the spread of invasive alien plantsArticle

"During the past four decades, the southern and northern slopes, as well as the mountain tops of the Outeniqua Mountains have fallen prey to the aggressive spread of invasive alien plants, in particular wattle and pine trees."

13 Jul 2020

Creating a sustainable future for coffee
Creating a sustainable future for coffeeArticle

According to a report from the International Institute for Sustainable Development, "the global market value of the coffee sector will experience a 5.5% compound annual growth rate from 2018 to 2023...

16 Apr 2020

New twist in Noordhoek wetland road controversy
New twist in Noordhoek wetland road controversyArticle

For the past two decades, City of Cape Town transport planners, environmentalists, civic groups and local residents have locked horns over a controversial proposal for a new road link...

John Yeld 3 Mar 2020

Kangaroo skins are exported for use in football boots, motorcycle suits, fashion footwear and haute couture. , CC BY
Riding on the kangaroo's back: animal skin fashion, exports and ethical tradeArticle

The Versace fashion house recently announced it had stopped using kangaroo skins in its fashion collections after coming under pressure from animal rights group LAV...

Dr Fabri Blacklock 12 Feb 2020

China: Rise of a new philanthropic power
China: Rise of a new philanthropic powerArticle

In response to the ongoing coronavirus emergency, on 31 January, Chinese billionaire Jack Ma pledged the equivalent of $144m...

Fabrice Jaumont and Charles Sellen 10 Feb 2020

Biodiversity loss adds to economic woes, research shows
Biodiversity loss adds to economic woes, research showsArticle

The Ramsar Convention decided on the international theme of 'Wetlands and biodiversity' for the year 2020...

Bonani Madikizela 28 Jan 2020

Diversifying approaches to conserving nature
Diversifying approaches to conserving natureArticle

Conservationists don't always agree about the best ways to reinforce the protection of nature. Debates about it can become confrontational...

Mucha Mkono, Jason I. Ransom, Katarzyna Nowak and Patrick O. Onyango 7 Jan 2020

Travel treasure troves in the trees
Travel treasure troves in the treesArticle

Dr Ronald Heath, research director at Forestry South Africa shares how commercial forests and the land which they share with indigenous woodlands and grasslands, are a playground for many this festive season and lists five things to add to your bucket list ahead of this festive season and going into the new year...

Dr Ronald Heath 2 Dec 2019

South Africa struggles to manage wildlife ranching: Why it's a problem
South Africa struggles to manage wildlife ranching: Why it's a problemArticle

Private game farming isn't being managed in a socially or environmentally sustainable way...

Tariro Kamuti 14 Nov 2019

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South Africa needs team effort in conserving natural heritageArticle

South African biologists and environmentalists, in three recent papers, have listed pertinent research priorities for the next decade...

23 Oct 2019

SA releases third biodiversity report
SA releases third biodiversity reportArticle

Environment, forestry and fisheries minister Barbara Creecy recently launched the third National Biodiversity Assessment (NBA), which is a scientific reflection of the state of the country's biodiversity...

7 Oct 2019

Third Environmental Guidelines for Commercial Forestry Plantations revision released
Third Environmental Guidelines for Commercial Forestry Plantations revision releasedArticle

Forestry South Africa's (FSA) 2019 edition and third revision of the Environmental Guidelines for Commercial Forestry Plantations in South Africa has been released...

30 Sep 2019

How Protected Area models are helping protect the Cape Floral Kingdom
How Protected Area models are helping protect the Cape Floral KingdomArticle

Driven through pioneering conservation models funded by the Table Mountain Fund (TMF), innovative work is taking place across the Western Cape to increase the Protected Area network...

21 Aug 2019

Merck, BioRescue Project collaborate to save Northern White Rhino
Merck, BioRescue Project collaborate to save Northern White RhinoArticle

Science and technology company Merck is collaborating with the BioRescue Project to save the Northern White Rhinoceros by making its fertility technologies and extensive knowledge on the subject available...

12 Aug 2019

High court sets aside 2017, 2018 lion bone quotas
High court sets aside 2017, 2018 lion bone quotasArticle

The Pretoria High Court on Tuesday, 6 August, set aside the 2017 and 2018 lion bone quotas, stating that these were both unlawful and unconstitutional...

7 Aug 2019

Winners of the 2018/19 Science Oscars
Winners of the 2018/19 Science OscarsArticle

The NSTF-South32 Awards - known as the 'Science Oscars' - were held at a prestigious gala dinner in Gauteng on Thursday, 27 June 2019...

3 Jul 2019

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Robben Island to be designated a Marine Protected AreaArticle

In an effort toward the conservation of Robben Island's marine biodiversity, and advancing the sustainable tourism agenda, the island will soon be declared a Marine Protected Area...

23 Apr 2019

Durban named host city for 2019 Africa Tourism Leadership and Awards
Durban named host city for 2019 Africa Tourism Leadership and AwardsArticle

Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau has been announced as the host of this year's Africa Tourism Leadership Forum and Awards, from 29 to 30 August 2019...

16 Apr 2019

The Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference goes big (data)
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The big theme at the 2018 The Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference was innovation. The conference was recently held at the Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch. In line with the theme, several speakers focused their discussions on the role of big data. US-based big data wine specialist Cathy Huyghe was this year's headline speaker this year.

31 Oct 2018

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Wine & Food Tourism conference announces big data speaker lineupArticle

This year's Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference, which takes place on 17 October at Spier near Stellenbosch, has lined up several high-profile international and local speakers, some of whom will discuss the role of big data as part of the event's wider theme of innovation...

9 Oct 2018

Walter Sisulu honoured with Sisulu Circle Garden unveilling
Walter Sisulu honoured with Sisulu Circle Garden unveillingArticle

The Sisulu Circle Garden - a landscaped area paying tribute to the late Walter Sisulu - was funded by the Department of Tourism as part of its plans to develop tourism destinations across the country and to pay homage to a great man for his sacrifice and significant contribution...

10 Jul 2018

Registration now open for The Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference
Registration now open for The Business of Wine & Food Tourism ConferenceArticle

Set to take place at the Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch on 17 October 2018, The Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference, now in its third year, will feature a panel of local and international speakers who will centre their respective topics on the theme of innovation...

19 Jun 2018

Eskom's Ingula plant declared a nature reserve
Eskom's Ingula plant declared a nature reserveArticle

Eskom's Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme and its associated land has been declared as a nature reserve...

4 Jun 2018

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Mainstreaming biodiversity crucial for securing global food securityArticle

Together with healthy agricultural ecosystems, biodiversity provides the ecological foundations for food production, which play a critical role in humankind...

30 May 2018

How planting trees can protect cocoa plants against climate change
How planting trees can protect cocoa plants against climate changeArticle

Worldwide, areas suitable for cocoa production are predicted to shrink by up to 20-30% over the next 30 years. This is because cocoa trees are already struggling to cope with drier, hotter conditions...

Philippe Vaast 21 May 2018

BRICS ministers reaffirm commitment to Paris Agreement
BRICS ministers reaffirm commitment to Paris AgreementArticle

Environment ministers from BRICS nations have reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement in dealing with climate change...

21 May 2018

It pays to invest in biodiversity
It pays to invest in biodiversityArticle

In 2010, 193 countries stepped up to halt the global decline of biodiversity by 2020 as part of their commitment to the Convention on Biological Diversity...

Rashid Sumaila 18 May 2018

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Scientists warn of continued dangerous decline in biodiversity, nature's contributionsArticle

According to four landmark reports released last week, biodiversity continues to decline in every region of the world...

27 Mar 2018

Global demand spurs sustainable fynbos harvesting
Global demand spurs sustainable fynbos harvestingArticle

"The Sustainable Harvesting Programme demonstrates that it is certainly possible to sustainably harvest fynbos in a commercially viable way, creating green businesses and decent, sustainable jobs for people living in the fynbos region..."

2 Mar 2018

Plant breeding lessons for Africa
Plant breeding lessons for AfricaArticle

ACB has shared a new report, A review of participatory plant breeding and lessons for African seed and food sovereignty movements, which considers the role of smallholder farmers in plant breeding activities in partnership with formal public sector breeders...

2 Mar 2018

Can virtual nature and poo transplants solve city dwellers' health problems?
Can virtual nature and poo transplants solve city dwellers' health problems?Article

Nature is good for your health. Perhaps predictably, the world of technology is now offering technical solutions that seek to replace the need for authentic nature experiences...

Anne Cleary and Dave Kendal 1 Nov 2017

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WAZA signs MoU to help make sustainably produced palm oil the normArticle

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the RSPO have signed a five-year MoU to further transformation of markets and make sustainable palm oil the norm...

20 Oct 2017

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Bird watching in Soweto with birdman Raymond RampolokengArticle

Rampolokeng was unemployed when he came into contact with the Wits Bird Club and Birdlife SA. The former groups gave him the chance to take part in a bird guide course that changed everything...

19 Oct 2017

Forest conservation approaches must recognise the rights of local people
Forest conservation approaches must recognise the rights of local peopleArticle

Until the 1980s, biodiversity conservation in the tropics focused on the “fines and fences” approach: creating protected areas from which local people were forcibly excluded...

Sarobidy Rakotonarivo and Neal Hockley 11 Aug 2017

SANParks opens 2017 Kudu Green School Initiative
SANParks opens 2017 Kudu Green School InitiativeArticle

South African National Parks (SANParks) has launched its annual Kudu Green School Initiative (KGSI) Programme for 2017...

10 Jul 2017

SA, Rwanda to enhance environmental protection
SA, Rwanda to enhance environmental protectionArticle

South Africa and Rwanda share a common concern and responsibility to enhance cooperation in the fields of environmental protection and sustainable development...

21 Jun 2017

Garden Route declared a biosphere reserve
Garden Route declared a biosphere reserveArticle

The Garden Route has been approved as a Unesco Biosphere Reserve...

19 Jun 2017

Communities urged to explore opportunities in biodiversity economy
Communities urged to explore opportunities in biodiversity economyArticle

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has challenged communities to awaken to the possibilities available in the biodiversity economy...

21 Apr 2017

Ladybugs stop pests from eating our food and destroying crops. Flickr/Inhabitat
Conservation efforts must include small animals. After all, they run the worldArticle

Humans like to think that they rule the planet and are hard wired to do so. But our stewardship has been anything but successful...

Michael Samways 3 Mar 2017

Farmers hold the key to nature conservation: let's treat them that way
Farmers hold the key to nature conservation: let's treat them that wayArticle

To have any chance of coaxing species back from the brink of extinction we must reconcile the pressures of food production with the need for nature conservation...

Falko Buschke 20 Feb 2017

Eating insects has long made sense in Africa. The world must catch up
Eating insects has long made sense in Africa. The world must catch upArticle

Eating insects is as old as mankind. Globally, two billion people consume insects, a practise known as entomophagy. It is more common in Africa than anywhere else...

Saliou Niassy, Sunday Ekesi 24 Jan 2017

Take a walk on the wild side: seven lesser known and 'green' spaces in Africa
Take a walk on the wild side: seven lesser known and 'green' spaces in AfricaArticle

Here are seven lesser-known and out-of-the-ordinary eco-destinations...

Martinette Kruger and Armand Viljoen 3 Jan 2017

Recipients of the Ideas Matter Fellowship Program announced
Recipients of the Ideas Matter Fellowship Program announcedArticle

The recipients of the Ideas Matter Fellowship Program have been announced. The program, supported by the West African Research Association and The MasterCard Foundation, supports the research of young academics in the region focusing on women, technology and entrepreneurship...

29 Dec 2016

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