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Ingula Nature Reserve declared wetland of international importance
Ingula Nature Reserve declared wetland of international importanceArticle

Forestry, fisheries and the environment minister Barbara Creecy has welcomed the declaration of the Ingula Nature Reserve as a wetland of international importance...

5 May 2021

Climate-friendly farming strategies can improve the land and generate income for farmers
Climate-friendly farming strategies can improve the land and generate income for farmersArticle

Farmers can help slow climate change by mixing native grasses into croplands, restoring wetlands and raising perennial crops. These strategies also conserve soil and water and build new markets...

29 Apr 2021

Uganda, Tanzania sign $3.5bn oil pipeline deal
Uganda, Tanzania sign $3.5bn oil pipeline dealArticle

Uganda, Tanzania and oil firms Total and China National Offshore Oil Corporation have signed agreements to kickstart the construction of a $3.5bn 1,440 Kilometers long crude oil pipeline...

14 Apr 2021

The Pretoria High Court has stopped Uthaka Energy from starting to mine coal this week in the critical water source area of Mabola, Mpumalanga. Archive photo: supplied
Court stops Mpumalanga coal mineArticle

In yet another turn in what is already a six-year legal battle, Uthaka Energy, a coal-mining company, has been interdicted by the Pretoria High Court from mining in one of South Africa's critical water source areas...

John Yeld 26 Mar 2021

Growing water crisis needs a collaborative solution
Growing water crisis needs a collaborative solutionArticle

In just the last five years South Africa has faced two of the biggest challenges imaginable. We are in the midst of a once-in-a-century pandemic and...

Michael Franze 19 Mar 2021

Innovations on the Nile over millennia offer lessons in engineering sustainable futures
Innovations on the Nile over millennia offer lessons in engineering sustainable futuresArticle

Africa is the continent most vulnerable to the impact of climate change. That's largely because many of its people and governments are too poor to do what's needed...

Mike Muller 19 Mar 2021

New targets to protect biodiversity must include farmers and agriculture
New targets to protect biodiversity must include farmers and agricultureArticle

Evidence shows that farms that share landscapes with wild nature, such as remnant forests and trees, benefit from the ecosystem services provided...

Anja Gassner, Philip Dobie and Terry Sunderland 4 Feb 2021

Introducing Babanango Game Reserve - an exciting new reserve in the heart of Zululand
Introducing Babanango Game Reserve - an exciting new reserve in the heart of ZululandArticle

Babanango Game Reserve promises a captivating bush experience, and they definitely deliver on their promise. Situated in the heart of Zululand in KwaZulu-Natal, this new kid on the block is something special...

Di Brown 3 Feb 2021

How the Replenish Africa Initiative aims to secure billions of litres of water over the next decade
How the Replenish Africa Initiative aims to secure billions of litres of water over the next decadeArticle

The Coca-Cola Foundation's Replenish Africa Initiative (Rain) funds five major projects in South Africa - each received $1.25m in grants in 2019...

18 Jan 2021

Satellite data provides fresh insights into the amount of water in the Nile basin
Satellite data provides fresh insights into the amount of water in the Nile basinArticle

Flowing through 11 African countries, the Nile River plays an important role in the lives of more than 24% of Africa's population...

Emad Hasan and Aondover Tarhule 9 Nov 2020

Intaka Island awarded for environmental education, skills development programme
Intaka Island awarded for environmental education, skills development programmeArticle

The Intaka Island Environmental Trust for the wetlands at Century City, Cape Town, was recently awarded in the Environmental Education and Skills Development category of the 2020 National Wetland Awards...

3 Nov 2020

Explainer: What's behind the locust swarms damaging crops in southern Africa
Explainer: What's behind the locust swarms damaging crops in southern AfricaArticle

Locust outbreaks are driven by unusual climatic conditions...

Frances Duncan 8 Oct 2020

South Africa's land reform policies need to embrace social, economic and ecological sustainability
South Africa's land reform policies need to embrace social, economic and ecological sustainabilityArticle

South Africa's that current land reform strategies focus too narrowly on agricultural outcomes and transferred ownership - this undermines equitable and sustainable land reform...

23 Sep 2020

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 21 Sep 2020

Makoko neighbourhood in Lagos, initially founded as a fishing village.Frédéric Soltan/Corbis via Getty Images
Can Covid-19 inspire a new way of planning African cities?Article

Health crises are not new in Africa. The continent has grappled with infectious diseases on all levels, from local (such as malaria) to regional (Ebola) to global (Covid-19)...

Patrick Brandful Cobbinah, Ellis Adjei Adams & Michael Odei Erdiaw-Kwasie 21 Sep 2020

Where to stay on the West Coast when looking at the wildflowers
Where to stay on the West Coast when looking at the wildflowersArticle

South Africa has officially entered lockdown Level 2 - which allows for leisure travel within the country. This offers an opportunity to explore some of the country's hidden gems, one of which is the West Coast Way in the Western Cape...

27 Aug 2020

#StartupStory: Burying social ills to create a brighter future
#StartupStory: Burying social ills to create a brighter futureArticle

Melun Jeptha noticed two empty plots of land that were being used as dumping grounds and decided to do something about it...

Evan-Lee Courie 27 Jul 2020

Reid Lifestyle Centre sets sights on Green Star, net-zero ratings
Reid Lifestyle Centre sets sights on Green Star, net-zero ratingsArticle

Having achieved six-star Green Star Public and Education Building (PEB) certification in May this year, Balwin Properties' Reid Lifestyle Centre is also targeting a Net-zero Carbon Level 2 rating...

22 Jul 2020

Is Clover committed to being better in every way? I don't think so
Is Clover committed to being better in every way? I don't think soArticle

The Clover campaign provides the ultimate guide to what greenwashing is, but more soberly, the impacts are yet to be felt...

Melissa Baird 15 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

5 ways to make your trip along the Garden Route sustainable
5 ways to make your trip along the Garden Route sustainableArticle

As South Africa slowly starts easing travel restrictions within the country during its Covid-19 lockdown, sustainable and safe travel will be one of the ways the local tourism industry will get back on its feet...

8 Jul 2020

#WorldEnvironmentDay: Celebrating biodiversity in the times of Covid-19
#WorldEnvironmentDay: Celebrating biodiversity in the times of Covid-19Article

The global havoc brought by Covid-19 is not only exposing the triple challenge (inequality, poverty and unemployment) in South Africa that we have always known about, but how slow we have acted on fixing them...

Bonani Madikizela 5 Jun 2020

Why plantations are not green deserts
Why plantations are not green desertsArticle

Ahead of the United Nations' International Day of Forests on 21 March, Forestry South Africa research and protection director Dr Ronald Heath talks about how the commercial forestry industry is leading the way in conserving and rehabilitating areas of high biodiversity value. He also challenges people to think differently about plantations...

Dr Ronald Heath 19 Mar 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

How South Africa's mangrove forests store carbon and why it matters
How South Africa's mangrove forests store carbon and why it mattersArticle

Scientists around the world are looking for ways to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere...

Jaime Leigh Johnson and Jacqueline L Raw 26 Feb 2020

The links between people, animals and the environment call for a new approach to health. Shutterstock
Rwanda is training health workers for an interconnected worldArticle

Growing scientific evidence shows that environmental transformations such as climate change and pollution are linked to people's health...

Phaedra Henley 24 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

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

Meet the South Africans with a sustainable answer to our sanitation crisis
Meet the South Africans with a sustainable answer to our sanitation crisisArticle

The lack of access to sanitation is a global emergency. We urgently need solutions that are safe for the people who use them and sustainable for the planet...

Michael Hathorn, Issued by Ginkgo Agency 15 Nov 2019

Why South Africa's wetlands are in urgent need of rescue
Why South Africa's wetlands are in urgent need of rescueArticle

With South Africa facing pressing water security issues, there is an urgent need for wetlands to be rehabilitated and preserved, says SRK Consulting's principal hydrologist Dr Simon Lorentz...

21 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

Circular cities of the world: What can green infrastructure do?
Circular cities of the world: What can green infrastructure do?Article

As the population of the world's cities grows, so too does resource and energy use as well as waste generation. We can combat these issues with a circular economy that uses nature as a template...

Daniel Johnson 19 Sep 2019

Rising sea levels already causing problems for Cape Town
Rising sea levels already causing problems for Cape TownArticle

Sea level rise caused by global warming is already causing damage to public and private coastal property in Cape Town. In some areas retreat to higher ground may be necessary...

Steve Kretzmann 2 Sep 2019

Festivals can transform cities by making space for overlooked people and cultures
Festivals can transform cities by making space for overlooked people and culturesArticle

From Cape Town to Kisumu and Greater Manchester, cities around the world are seeing the benefits of festivals that celebrate traditions and people...

Beth Perry and Rike Sitas 16 Aug 2019

New climate change report underscores the need to manage land for the short and long term
New climate change report underscores the need to manage land for the short and long termArticle

In its latest report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change describes how agriculture, deforestation, and other human activities have altered 70% of the land on Earth's surface...

Chris E. Forest 13 Aug 2019

Groundwater reserves in Africa may be more resilient to climate change than first thought
Groundwater reserves in Africa may be more resilient to climate change than first thoughtArticle

Groundwater reserves in Africa are estimated to be 20 times larger than the water stored in lakes and reservoirs above ground...

Mark O. Cuthbert and Richard Taylor 8 Aug 2019

BON Hotels expands Namibian footprint
BON Hotels expands Namibian footprintArticle

Bon Hotels to take over hotels in Rundu and Walvis Bay, in addition to its Swakopmund hotel...

2 Jul 2019

New study urges smarter use of small pelagic species to strengthen food security
New study urges smarter use of small pelagic species to strengthen food securityArticle

Small pelagic fish, generally processed, sold and eaten whole, account for three-quarters of the total inland fish catch of the continent but because of their low economic value they are not given the attention they deserve...

26 Jun 2019

Circular cities of the world: What can green infrastructure do?
Circular cities of the world: What can green infrastructure do?Article

More than half of the world's population currently lives in cities while projections show an increase to two thirds by 2050...

Daniel Johnson 25 Jun 2019

Financial incentives could spur cities and landowners to protect wetlands
Financial incentives could spur cities and landowners to protect wetlandsArticle

With partnerships between landowners, the government and businesses, South Africa can invest in its wetlands and boost the country's potable water reserves...

Alanna Rebelo 6 Jun 2019

Rendering of Japan's 2020 Olympic stadium. Source: Renewable Energy World
How Japan's renewables-powered Olympics could kick off a global race for clean energyArticle

Japan is aiming to host the first Olympic Games powered solely by renewable sources...

Niki J P Alsford 20 May 2019

SA agriculture learning to dance with the wind
SA agriculture learning to dance with the windArticle

The industry remains resilient despite major challenges and limitations...

Paul Makube 6 May 2019

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Scientists to explore how ecological infrastructure investment can boost climate resilienceArticle

Scientists from a transdisciplinary research team are investigating how investments in ecological infrastructure protect society against hydroclimatic risks, including droughts and floods...

30 Apr 2019

5 fun things to do in Richards Bay
5 fun things to do in Richards BayArticle

BON Hotel Waterfront Richards Bay general manager André de Klerk shares his top five list of things to do in the coastal town...

10 Apr 2019

CIFOR, AFR100 partner to ensure sustainable landscape restoration in Africa
CIFOR, AFR100 partner to ensure sustainable landscape restoration in AfricaArticle

The partnership aims to ensure effective alignment of CIFOR's restoration activities within the AFR100 framework...

28 Mar 2019

#BeautifulNews: Cruising through Khayelitsha on a canoe
#BeautifulNews: Cruising through Khayelitsha on a canoeVideo

Who goes canoeing through a township? For Siyanda Sopangisa, it’s a natural progression from his days of swimming in Khayelitsha’s wetlands. The waters were an integral part of his childhood. But over time, he watched as the river filled with trash. “The wetlands I knew as a young boy were gone,” Sopangisa says. He didn’t despair. Instead, Sopangisa saw an opportunity. Not only would he restore the river – he’d do it from a boat. Read Siyanda Sopangisa's full story here.

26 Mar 2019

Having clean water is a human right: Maintaining clean environment is a human responsibility
Having clean water is a human right: Maintaining clean environment is a human responsibilityArticle

On 22 March the global community will celebrate World Water Day. Central to the global message is that there is one Earth with limited natural resources...

Bonani Madikizela 19 Mar 2019

Cape Town secures R50m for green job creation, ecological restoration
Cape Town secures R50m for green job creation, ecological restorationArticle

The City of Cape Town has secured R50,4m in funding to create 1,300 green jobs for entry-level job-seekers who will assist the City with the removal of invasive species in local ecosystems...

15 Mar 2019

Earth observation data offers hope for Africa's wetlands
Earth observation data offers hope for Africa's wetlandsArticle

Wetlands support millions of people around Africa. They include all areas that are permanently or frequently covered by water, and could be at the edge of a lake or the mouth of a river...

Lisa Rebelo and Matthew McCartney 5 Mar 2019

Carbon farming: How agriculture can both feed people and fight climate change
Carbon farming: How agriculture can both feed people and fight climate changeArticle

In only a few decades, traditional dryland farming on drained peat soils will be increasingly difficult as the rich organic soils vanish and flood prevention becomes too costly...

27 Feb 2019

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