KZN greening gets a boost

2013-05-06 14:50
Environment. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Environment. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

Cape Town - Greening in KwaZulu-Natal may get a boost through a government-sponsored programme to protect and rehabilitate the environment.

The department of environmental affairs has allocated R33m over a three year period to the Wildlands Conservation Trust's Natural Resource Management Land User Incentives Programme.

The programme seeks to restore 2 160ha of degraded land across five municipalities through planting 2.7 million indigenous trees.

The organisation also hopes to improve the management of the 50 000ha corridor separating the Royal Natal and Cathedral Peak Reserves. This should also assist communities with land interventions such as donga rehabilitation and improved grazing practices.

The Wildlands Conservation Trust claims that each hectare planted will result in a removal of three tons of carbon from the atmosphere.

Eco resources

"This Carbon [Carbon Credits] will be traded through the Trust’s existing Corporate network for a minimum of R100 per ton, allowing for annuity income to the communities of R300 per hectare," the organisation said.

Indigenous plants generally have the ability to make better use of eco resources, but the flora is often the victim of destruction through haphazard development or farming activities.

In the Western Cape, the impact on the unique fynbos has been devastating and efforts are underway to restore the environment.

"What we try and do is to incorporate this information about where the remaining biodiversity is into conservation planning so that when people are putting up new developments; plough new land, they do it in areas where it's not going to affect the continued survival of these species," CapeNature scientific manager Dr Andrew Turner recently told News24.

The global population has passed seven billion in 2012 and most experts agree that an increased urban population will put more stress on the environment.

Some estimate that there will be in excess of 10 billion on Earth by 2050, and the WWF argued that environment services were critical to ensuring human survival.

"The reality is that we're not disconnected from that [2050] date; it's not science fiction. And 10 billion people are going to need food, they're going to need water; they're going to need energy. Those three things put pressures on the planet's ability to sustain us," Dr Morné du Plessis, CEO of the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF) told News24.


- Follow Duncan on Twitter
 
- News24
Read more on:    durban  |  environment
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

ONE DAY ONLY – 50% off 1000’s of toys

Get 50% of 1000’s off toys! Offer valid on selected toys. Shop now! T&C’s apply

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Mind power dominates and can help you to uncover things from a deeper level, but it can also create entanglements if you let your...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.