Water Research Commission calls on Southern Cape landowners for input
At a recent workshop on the green economy, hosted by the Water Research Commission of South Africa (WRC) in Pretoria, the Southern Cape Landowners Initiative (SCLI), was requested to make a presentation on related developments in the region, such as the WWF initiative to clear the Waboomskraal catchment from invasive alien plants. (The Southern Cape, Through SCLI, is a national best-practice example into engaging stake holders on environmental impacts).

The Water Research Commission is mandated to support research into areas that may contribute to the development of the green economy in South Africa.” The business sector, as well as landowners and effected communities, are key to advancing this vital present and future objective

Bonani Madikizela, Chief Researcher at the WRC

What is a green economy?

UNEP defines a green economy (GE) as one that results in “improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities” (UNEP 2010).

Says Cobus Meiring from SCLI, “The Southern Cape is a strong proponent for the green economy, and we are blessed with a progressive business chamber, strong academic representation through NMMU, pro- active communities and a very supportive Eden District and George municipalities”.

“It is true that the Southern Cape is no exception to the effects of climate change, and we should be doing a lot more if we are to prepare for the future sustainability of the region”.

“Managing water resources and reducing negative factors, such as invasive alien plants, (which have a huge bearing on our natural infrastructure and economic well- being), is to be addressed on a continuous basis”.

The Southern Cape Landowners Initiative is a public platform for landowners and land managers involved in the control and eradication of invasive alien plants. The SCLI is supported by the Table Mountain Fund.

Enquiries: cobus@naturalbridge.co.za

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Written by Cobus Meiring