Eden’s biodiversity project among top 5
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.
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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.