Protecting the nature we all rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods

Greening economic development

© Rod Mast


Goal: By 2020, the South African government is pursuing an environmentally based low carbon approach to economic development (including energy, job creation, and poverty alleviation), and Conservation South Africa-supported initiatives in South African 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. We are dedicated to working at both levels to showcase options for greener economic development.


© CI/Steven Davids


In support of green economic development at a grassroots level in the Succulent Karoo Hotspot Conservation South Africa 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.


© Tessa Mildenhall

The Namaqualand Green Economy Demonstration (NGED)

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.