Celebrating International Mother Earth

South Africa, the 3rd most biodiverse country in the world is faced with growing populations, high levels of poverty and mounting pressures on natural resources. The Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, and the actions required will be crucial for sustainable development, especially in the post Covid-19 green recovery. Through several large projects, the UNDP South Africa Country Office works with strong partners who are at the forefront of addressing social-ecological challenges to enable the sustainable use, recovery and protection of our biodiverse natural and productive landscapes, whilst simultaneously enhancing livelihood security.

With resources mobilised from the Global Environment Facility and in partnership with the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment (DFFE), the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and South African National Parks (SANParks) – UNDP in South Africa highlights three projects for their contributions to the 2021 theme for the International Mother Earth Day – “Restoring our Earth”.


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