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By Gerhard Pretorius, Victor Harley, and Lisa Ryser
In recent years the Rooibos industry has increasingly been exposed to the worldwide movement towards ethical and sustainable production practices. The loss of biodiversity in what is internationally recognized as a biodiversity hotspot – the Cape Floral Kingdom, which includes the Cederberg – and the part Rooibos production plays in that loss were the catalysts that prompted the industry to launch the Rooibos Biodiversity Initiative in 2007.
2011
 
By Yolan Friedman and Brenda Daly
South Africa has been ranked the third most biologically diverse country on Earth based on an index of species diversity and endemism, and is one of 12 megadiverse countries which collectively contain more than two-thirds of global biodiversity (World Conservation Monitoring Centre, 1992).
2004
 
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) predicts that climate change will become one of the most significant drivers of biodiversity loss by 2100, and this loss as well as other climate change impacts will have negative consequences for human wellbeing. Conversely, conserving and sustainably managing biodiversity is critical to addressing climate change.
2011
 
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) predicts that climate change will become one of the most significant drivers of biodiversity loss by 2100, and this loss as well as other climate change impacts will have negative consequences for human wellbeing. Conversely, conserving and sustainably managing biodiversity is critical to addressing climate change.
2011
 
Conservation International in South Africa is committed to helping societies adopt a more sustainable approach to development—one that considers and values nature at every turn. Over the last decade, CI’s Southern Africa Hotspots Programme has demonstrated CI’s mission of delivering human well-being through the conservation of healthy ecosystems and the goods and services they provide.
 
By Heidi Hawkins
The GreenChoice Farmer Field Book is a farm monitoring system that allows reporting on both crop and biodiversity activities. It is a tool based loosely on the Farmer Field Book concept developed by Plant Research International and Kuit Consulting. It was developed into its present form, which includes biodiversity.
2011
 
By J.S.B. Scotcher
Over the centuries, South Africa has established a proud heritage of farming. Today’s farmers ensure that the country’s growing population is self-sufficient in virtually all major agricultural products, while producing more than half of southern Africa’s maize requirements and exporting many agricultural products to the world. But times are changing. Farmers are under increasing pressure to intensify their agricultural outputs to meet rising food demands and are faced with looming threats of a changing climate.
2010
 

BIODIVERSITY MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES
Contents

  • Threatened Ecosystems
  • Invading Alien Plants
  • Fire Management
  • Corridors and habitat fragmentation
  • Restoration / rehabilitation
  • Game management in natural areas
  • Waste management
  • General
2006
 
Being custodians of the land, farmers have a responsibility to the natural and social environment they live in. They are also increasingly confronted with pressures downstream in the value chain, consumers and the public at large. Although sometimes perceived as negative, these contribute to longer term stability, social and environmental sustainability, and food security with positive consequences to the sustainability and profitability of the enterprise.
2010
 
By F. H. Knight, J. Conrad, and N. Helme
Between 6000 and 7000 ha of potatoes are planted annually in the Sandveld.
These guidelines are a joint initiative of Potatoes South Africa and CapeNature, aimed at guiding and promoting responsible farming practices in support of the conservation of the fragile biodiversity of this unique region.
2007