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Working for the Environment, South Africa
Working for the Environment, South Africa
Working for the Environment is a publication launched by the Department of Environmental Affairs (former Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism). It aims to inform and educate the general public in South Africa on the vital work currently being done by the government to protect the environment and alleviate poverty. This publication co ...
South Africa population distribution
Kwazulu-Natal has the largest share of population in the coastal areas. Approximately 9 million people live in the province and they are Zulu-speakers. The Eastern Cape Province has the second largest population with 5.8...
21 Jun 2011 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Working for the Coast
Working for the Coast is a programme initiated under the Social Responsibility Programme, which provides jobs and training for unemployed people in coastal communities to create and maintain a cleaner coastal environment...
21 Jun 2011 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
South Africa biomes
South Africa is blessed with a rich abundance of biodiversity and a wide range of ecosystems and biomes. Among them are the wetland ecosystems, which occupy approximately seven per cent of South Africa’s total land area....
21 Jun 2011 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Selected environmental threats in South Africa
In examining environmental challenges in South Africa, it becomes clear that environmental pressures tend to occur in overlapping geographical areas. This tendency results in amplified environmental threats in already di...
21 Jun 2011 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
National environmental legislation, South Africa
The Working for the Environment programmes (water, fire, wetland, coast) are all supported by important national environmental legislation including the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, the Disaster M...
21 Jun 2011 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Working for Water employment
The Working for Water programme was launched in 1995 and is administered through the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry. The programme works in partnership with local communities which it provides with jobs, and al...
01 Nov 2011 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Clearing invasive alien plant species
Despite the widespread distribution and extent of alien invasive species in South Africa, actions to control such plants have had some good results. In the fight against invasive alien plant species, the Working for Wate...
21 Jun 2011 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Invasive alien plant species potential distribution
Alien plant species pose a major threat to South Africa’s native biodiversity. It is estimated that more than 9 000 plant species have been introduced so far. Of these, about 198 species are deemed invasive, covering 10 ...
21 Jun 2011 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Working on Fire programme achievements
The goal of the Working on Fire programme is to protect life and livelihoods and ensure a sustainable and well balanced environment. The programme is advocating and assisting with good land management strategies and an i...
21 Jun 2011 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Water scarcity in Africa
Wetlands are essential in providing and storing freshwater, but today more than half of South Africa’s wetlands have been destroyed or degraded and it is estimated that by 2025 South Africa will suffer from water scarcit...
21 Jun 2011 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Pressures on the South African coast
Population growth puts pressure on coastal ecosystems. Increased population means growing demand for land for housing and infrastructure, increased use of living resources for food, and more use of available freshwater r...
21 Jun 2011 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Poverty and social unrest in South Africa
Although the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Human Development Index ranks South Africa as a middle-income country, the way in which income is distributed across the population is highly skewed. Some 39 per...
21 Jun 2011 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Job opportunity created per focus area
The Social Responsibility Programme was initiated in 1999 under the then Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) and represents an important part of the Environment and Culture sector of the Expanded Publi...
21 Jun 2011 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Biodiversity threats
South Africa is recognised as the third most megadiverse country in the world. The abundance of biodiversity found within its borders covers an estimated ten per cent of the world’s plant species, seven per cent of al...
21 Jun 2011 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Wildfires in South Africa
Wildfires mostly affect rural settlements, but to an increasing degree also urban areas, which have developed in fire-prone areas. The impact of wildfires in natural vegetation on the poorest groups of the population can...
01 Mar 2011 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Share of projects per focus area
The Social Responsibility Programme was initiated in 1999 under the then Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) and represents an important part of the Environment and Culture sector of the Expanded Publi...
21 Jun 2011 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal