Men working on building ecotourism facilities in Nieuwoudtville.
© CI/Photo by Sarah Frazee
GOAL: By 2020, the SA government is pursuing an environmentally based low carbon approach to economic development (including energy, job creation, and poverty alleviation) and CSA-supported initiatives in SA Hotspots are creating important demonstrations and learnings for greening economic development at a range of scales.
As South Africa’s economy grows, it is making increasing demands on the country’s natural resources. Mining, agriculture and coastal developments negatively impact species and ecosystems, as do many of the people at grassroots level who rely directly on natural resources for their livelihoods. CSA is dedicated to working at both levels to showcase options for greener economic development.
In support of green economic development at a grassroots level in the Succulent Karoo Hotspot CSA has established the SKEPPIES Fund. SKEPPIES is an innovative conservation-development partnership that supports economic development that values the natural capital of the Succulent Karoo.
The vision of the NGED is to establish a biodiversity corridor of 387 000 ha of land that will have a matrix of sustainable land uses and will enable continued ecosystem functioning at a landscape level.