Exploring biodiversity

2015-06-10 06:00

IN an effort to increase awareness around the issues of biodiversity, the United Nations proclaimed 22 May International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB).

Initially the day was celebrated on 29 December every year since 1993. After seven years the new date was announced.

The theme of World Biodiversity day for 2015 was Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.

The KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden in PMB hosted a celebration together with the other stakeholders in the environment sector who showcased the work they do towards sustainability and environmental conservation.

The event was also well attended by school pupils who were educated about the significance of the day and learn what each organization’s role towards environmental advocacy. The members of the public interested to join this event are more than welcome.

This year, the Department of Environmental Affairs celebrated IDB at the Edendale Lay Ecumenical Centre where the Deputy Minister for Environmental Affairs, Barbara Thompson was present.

The current decline in biodiversity is largely the result of human activity and represents a serious threat to human development. Despite mounting efforts over the past 20 years, the loss of the world’s biological diversity, mainly from habitat destruction, over-harvesting, pollution and the inappropriate introduction of foreign plants and animals has continued. Biological resources constitute a capital asset with great potential for yielding sustainable benefits. For this reason, the 2015 theme for IDB is Biodiversity and Sustainable Development.

Msunduzi Municipality took Thompson on a site visit to the Bainspruit River as part of the IBD event. The new Environment Sector Local Government Support Strategy was launched.

“In keeping with the theme of sustainable development as it is through local municipalities that all the national strategies and action plans are actually implemented on the ground, with measurable activities and outcomes.

“The Local Government Support Strategy provides a platform for a more coordinated and structured mechanism of dealing with sustainable environmental management in local government,” said acting marketing manager of Msunduzi Muncipality, Nqobile Madonda.

THE CURRENT

DECLINE IN

BIODIVERSITY IS

LARGELY THE RESULT OF HUMAN ACTIVITY AND REPRESENTS A

SERIOUS THREAT TO HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

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