Restored ecological infrastructure supports livelihood: Research provides the evidence

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Bonani Madikizela

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The SDG: 2030, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, Africa Agenda 2063, the NDP (2011), are just some of the high-level plans meant to tackle ecosystem degradation, thereby securing the services they provide to society. In-fact the World Economic Forum lists climate change resilience, water crisis, extreme weather events, biodiversity loss, right at the top of highest world risks. Unless these high-risk issues are dealt with sooner, the world population, particularly in developing countries will remain in abject poverty, unemployment, and inequity into the future despite the “ambitious” targets. The targets are driven by the extent of degradation which can no longer be tolerated, such as soil erosion, dam siltation, and alien and invasive plants. These targets can be met; however, a lot of resources are required to achieve the targets, especially those due in 2020! Ecological infrastructure (EI) is a concept which has not been taken up by policy and society, including business. Amongst the reasons is proof or evidence that it can secure water at catchment level if cared for. The Water Research Commission of South Africa in partnership with more than 30-organizations funded research projects in uMngeni and uMzimvubu catchments in order to establish facts behind the value played by the EI in water security. One of the key reports highlighting the evidence will be launched at the end of the ecological infrastructure symposium. This is a key policy document which should lead to Government recognition and uptake of the EI, similarly by business and society.

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