E­den’s bi­o­di­ver­si­ty pro­ject a­mong top 5

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E­den DM is one of the top fi­ve fi­na­lis­ts in the pres­ti­gi­ous Eco-Lo­gic Bi­o­di­ver­si­ty A­ward. The mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty has re­cei­ved a Cer­ti­fi­ca­te of Me­rit for its “Lo­cal Acti­on for Bi­o­di­ver­si­ty: Wet­lands South A­fri­ca (LAB: Wet­lands SA)” pro­ject.

The a­ward ce­re­mo­ny took pla­ce in Tshwa­ne on 5 Ju­ne on Wor­ld En­vi­ron­ment Day, in Tshwa­ne. Un­der the um­brel­la of ICLEI*, The LAB: Wet­lands SA pro­ject aims to pro­tect wet­lands in the E­den Dis­trict and en­su­res that the­se va­lu­a­ble as­sets pro­vi­de cri­ti­cal ser­vi­ces such as f­lood at­tenu­a­ti­on, wa­ter stora­ge and wa­ter pu­ri­fi­ca­ti­on, whil­st in­cre­a­sing the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty’s re­si­lien­ce to the im­pacts of cli­ma­te chan­ge, pre­ven­ting na­tu­ral di­sas­ters, and pre­ser­ving vi­tal ha­bi­tat for lo­cal flo­ra and fau­na.

The pro­ject con­tri­bu­ted sig­ni­fi­cant­ly to the long-term con­ser­va­ti­on and sus­tai­na­ble use of wet­lands. It ser­ved as an in­spi­ra­ti­o­nal and practi­cal ex­am­ple for ot­hers. The pro­ject con­ti­nu­al­ly en­han­ces the a­wa­re­ness of wet­lands as well as the in­te­gra­ti­on of bi­o­di­ver­si­ty con­si­de­ra­ti­ons in­to lo­cal go­vern­ment plan­ning and de­ci­si­on-ma­king. It has im­pro­ved the ca­pa­ci­ty of dis­trict mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties to pri­o­ri­ti­se and ef­fecti­ve­ly ma­na­ge wet­lands and bi­o­di­ver­si­ty.

Ter­tuis Sim­mers, DA We­stern

Ca­pe spo­kes­per­son on En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs, said he will enga­ge with the E­den DM to le­arn how their stra­te­gies that led to this ac­co­la­de can be shared with ot­her mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties a­cross the pro­vin­ce. This will en­s­u­re that the ne­ces­sa­ry ex­per­ti­se to co­pe with cli­ma­te-re­la­ted is­su­es in go­vern­ment is shared.

* ICLEI is an in­ter­na­ti­o­nal or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on of lo­cal go­vern­ments and na­ti­o­nal and re­gi­o­nal lo­cal go­vern­ment or­ga­ni­sa­ti­ons that ha­ve ma­de a com­mit­ment to sus­tai­na­ble de­ve­lop­ment. This will en­s­u­re that the ne­ces­sa­ry ex­per­ti­se to co­pe with cli­ma­te-re­la­ted is­su­es in go­vern­ment is shared.

Re­ad the full s­to­ry at www.ge­or­ge­he­rald.com

E­den DM re­cei­ved a Cer­ti­fi­ca­te of Me­rit du­ring the 2018 Eco-lo­gic A­ward Ce­re­mo­ny. From left are ma­na­ger of Di­sas­ter Ma­na­ge­ment Ger­hard Ot­to, Di­sas­ter Risk Re­ducti­on and Cli­ma­te Chan­ge A­dap­ti­on practi­ti­o­ner Ni­na Vil­joen, and Mu­ni­ci­pal Ma­na­ger Mon­de Stra­tu.

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