Biodiversity and Climate Change: A Threat to Humanity
Biodiversity loss and climate change are critical concerns that threaten the existence of humanity. Urgent action is required to safeguard ecosystems and the millions of species that rely on them.
Global Biodiversity Framework in South Africa
South Africa is committed to biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. The country has adopted the Global Biodiversity Framework, which mandates the preservation of 30% of land and sea by 2030. Additionally, there is a need to create economic opportunities for communities living near conservation estates.
The role of the private sector
The private sector has a critical role to play in protecting biodiversity. South African businesses must adopt sustainable practices and work closely with the government to enforce environmental regulations. The country is participating in the Global Environmental Facility project, which aims to engage businesses in developing government-led action plans on biodiversity.
Nature-Related Risks and Opportunities Study
South Africa has developed its first study on nature-related risks and opportunities to meet its reporting obligations under Target 15 of the GBF. The study will aid in biodiversity conservation efforts and guide policy-making.
Building Back Biodiversity for Future Generations
With the support of various stakeholders, South Africa can make significant progress in preserving biodiversity. By collaborating with the private sector, enforcing environmental regulations, and investing in sustainable practices, the country can protect its unique ecosystems and the species that depend on them for future generations.