Climate Change and Greening South Africa's Economy

  • To Strengthen Value Chains for Products Derived from Genetic Resources that contribute to the equitable sharing of benefits and the Conservation of Biodiversity

  • The South Africa Grasslands biome is a repository of globally significant biodiversity. Much of the grasslands ecosystem presently lies in production landscapes allocated to livestock production, agriculture (mainly cereals), afforestacion with exotic tree species, and coal mining. In addition, South Africa's largest urban and industrial centre is located within the grasslands. Production activities constitute the main threat to grasslands biodiversity. Therefore, there is a need to mainstream biodiversity management objectives into the practices of the production sectors that provide the stimulus for land use changes that threaten biodiversity.

  • The environment objective is to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) from urban transportion in South African cities through the promotion of a long-term modal shift to more efficient and less polluting forms of transport, and the adoption of sustainable low-GHG transport technologies.The development objective is the promotion of a safe, reliable, efficient, co-ordinated and integrated urban passenger system in South African, managed in an accountable way to ensure that people experience improving levels of mobility and accessibility.

  • Project Summary. This Biodiversity Enabling Activity for South Africa assists DEAT in developing a National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (BSAP). The BSAP will build on and reinforce other existing national policies, particularly the White Paper on the Conservation and Sustainable use of South Africa’s Biological Diversity (1997) setting out the National Biodiversity Policy. The project adds to previous support allowing South Africa to participate in the Clearing House Mechanism of CBD, and in assisting the preparation of the first country Report to the Conference of Parties (COP), which totaled 38,800$. Development of the BSAP will cost US$ 297,223 and assessment of capacity building needs and a country driven CHM project will cost $100,000.

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