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).
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.