Climate Change and Greening South Africa's Economy

  • Municipalities play an important role as centers of economic growth and service delivery; they regulate land use at local scale, and are also important users and managers of biodiversity and ecosystem services. The project’s goal is to enhance the sustainable and effective conservation of globally significant biodiversity in South Africa through exploring, piloting and implementing innovative mechanisms and approaches to mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystem services into the regulation and management of land and resource use in the landscape at the municipal scale.

  • To provide support to the Government and industry stakeholders to overcome strategic barriers to the successful attainment of South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan target of 3,320 MW of wind power generation online by 2018/19. This will have the effect of contributing to a further reduction of CO2 emissions and increased socio-economic development.

  • The GEF Small Grant Programme

    The purpose of the GEF SGP is provide grant-funding support to communities and civil society organisations for the implementation of environmental conservation projects in the focal areas of biodiversity, climate change mitigation and community based adaptation, land degradation, sustainable forest management, international waters and chemicals. These projects must meet environmental objective while at the same time supporting poverty reduction and local empowerment objectives. In the 6th Operational Phase of the GEF (OP6) 2015-2018, Vhembe Biosphere Reserve in Limpopo was selected as the landscape to receive 70% of SGP grant-making in OP6.

  • To integrate South Africa’s obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) into its national spatial, development and sectoral planning frameworks through a renewed and participative ‘biodiversity planning’ and strategizing process, in a manner that is in line with the global guidance contained in the CBD’s Strategic Plan for 2011-2020

  • Increase in the number of sustainable ‘green jobs’ created in the economy; Stabilization and reduction of carbon emissions and climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies fully operational

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