Ezemvelo to take leading role at COP 17

2011-08-12 00:00

EZEMVELO KwaZulu Natal Wildlife has announced its “total engagement” with the forthcoming United Nations convention on climate change — COP 17 — and will be fronting the challenges posed by staging this event in Durban in late November and early December.

COP 17, the 17th Conference of Parties, is considered the most significant international event to be staged in Durban.

Ezemvelo is leading the project in conjunction with Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development and NGOs dealing with environmental management and biodiversity conservation in KZN.

In doing so, the organisation has announced progressive environmental initiatives that will help change the face of land usage and its management throughout the province.

Ezemvelo CEO Dr Bandile Mkhize outlined a programme whereby Ezemvelo will become the catalyst for the creation of ecological corridors throughout the province to allow for the migration of species and the protection and expansion of natural systems, such as rivers, wetlands, grassland and indigenous forests.

Fundamental to the programme is the mobilisation of all KZN rural municipalities in outreach and educational initiatives. These will focus on issues such as pollution, managing refuse and helping to create an appreciation for and proper management of natural resources.

“As a state-owned provincial conservation agency we need to assume a leadership role when it comes to matters of conservation and proper environmental management within the province,” said Mkhize.

“COP 17 just happens to be the most prestigious and topical moment to launch what we have been working on for decades. Nevertheless we need action, demonstrable evidence of how we in KZN will contribute to the overall global climate initiatives.”

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