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Western Cape State of Biodiversity Report 2017

22 December 2017 at 00:01 AM, via CapeNature

CapeNature has compiled State of Biodiversity reports every five years since 2002 and the 2017 release is the fourth report. These reports aim to give some indication of the state of the ecosystems of the Western Cape Province (WCP). These reports taken together over time should provide rough trends in the health of the WCP’s […]

How To Be a Wildlife Rescue Hero

21 December 2017 at 13:43 PM, via CapeNature

Often it is human nature to want to help stranded and injured Wildlife. What we do not realise is that we may be doing more harm than good. It is always important, when you come across a stranded animal or wildlife that looks injured or abandoned, to first stand back and make sure that the […]

Simple fix for the big flush

20 December 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Because most plumbing in public spaces is based on outdated water-borne technology, one of the biggest challenges is to find ways to limit flushing potable water down the loo while keeping things squeaky clean, especially if you're a woman.While puzzling over this problem Bradley Bergh, with the technical help of Faan Swiegers, came up with a novel idea for a waterless urinal for women made...

Put the Spotlight on Hiker Safety this Summer 2017!

18 December 2017 at 09:38 AM, via CapeNature

CapeNature has many reserves near Cape Town, including Jonkershoek, Hottentots Holland, Limietberg and Kogelberg, where you can find great hiking trails, ranging from short rambles to multi-day hikes that allow you to explore the vast beauty and biodiversity of our natural resources. But, as with all outdoor activities, safety should always be a primary concern. During […]

Call for Comment: Anysberg Nature Reserve Protected Area Management Plan

15 December 2017 at 14:14 PM, via CapeNature

This is a notification of the stakeholder engagement process and an invitation to attend a public meeting to provide inputs and comments to the draft Protected Area Management Plan for the Anysberg Nature Reserve. The objective of this management plan is to ensure that the protection, conservation and management of Anysberg Nature Reserve is consistent […]

Things to do, places to go for a #WaterwiseXmas

15 December 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Did you miss out on our #WaterwiseXmas chat at the start of the festive season? With our co-hosts Travellers 24 and Sho't Left, we lifted the lid on alternative water-wise habits, ideas and experiences to help you celebrate the festive season while doing your bit amidst the Western Cape's worst drought in 100 years.Many businesses offered up the measures they've already got in place ahead of...

10 ways that Woolies is walking the water talk

12 December 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Retailer Woolworths was one of the first companies to put up its hand up when WWF South Africa launched its #WatershedWednesday campaign. Here are 10 innovations the retailer has made to cut back on water use.1. Real-time meteringWoolworths has installed real-time water metering at 77% of its stores across South Africa and in Africa – and is thus able to monitor 95% of its total water...

Western Cape Biodiversity Spatial Plan – a roadmap to a sustainable and inclusive living environment

11 December 2017 at 10:00 AM, via CapeNature

The Western Cape Nature Conservation Board (CapeNature) is mandated to conserve the unique natural heritage resources of the Western Cape for the benefit of all. The responsibility for conserving the Western Cape’s biodiversity, however, also lies with many other state agencies within national, provincial and local spheres of government, supported by organisations in the private […]

Khetha – supporting communities' right to choose

11 December 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

CAPE TOWN (11th December 2017). The illegal trade of wildlife products – including rhino horn and elephant ivory – is the world's fourth largest transnational crime. These crimes represent not just a threat to Africa's endangered animals, but also affect the safety and well-being of communities who live near these protected areas.  WWF South Africa and the United States Agency for...

The Perpetual Fire Season

08 December 2017 at 14:38 PM, via CapeNature

With an alarming 50 fires recorded since April this year, it appears as if the Western Cape fire season has never stopped. Tony Marshall, CapeNature’s Programme Manager: Integrated Catchment Management says this is an unusual occurrence. “Traditionally, winter is not part of the fire season.” He adds “Yet, we’ve seen this change in pattern with […]

The whopping truth of that burger

08 December 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

We never think about how much water a meat-based diet takes. It won't break the bank to buy that burger meal but when you consider the illustration below, you'll realise you're paying the earth for a bite.That yummy burger we chow on the go uses roughly 1 500 litres of water to make – that's from farm to table.

BLOG: Next-level water restrictions call for next-level action

07 December 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

By Sue Northam-RasA colleague picked up a breaking news story this week that might have flown under the radar for most. For me, and hopefully at least half of Cape Town, it was a scary reminder that the worst of our water nightmares are yet to come.It was another increase in Cape Town's water restrictions to level 6, coming into effect from 1 January 2018, as stated in the Western Cape...

Counting the drops with WWF's Braamie army

06 December 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

I had watched the 6-star green building in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, being built from afar and when I was given the chance to work in it, I leapt at the opportunity.I've never looked back.It's meant that I can make a considerable impact on cutting water wastage without having to give it a second thought.In the process, I uncovered an interesting pattern: When business operations are framed...

#WaterwiseXmas: The 'new normal' way to celebrate the festive season

06 December 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

It's the festive season and the time of travel, food, fun and family.But with the severe drought in the Western Cape and added water stress in other parts of the country forcing us to think differently about how we celebrate this festive season, we can't #YOLO through the summer holidays. This is why we're hosting a #WaterwiseXmas Twitter chat.Together with our water-conscious co-host Traveller...

Western Cape gearing up to meet summer fire threat

04 December 2017 at 22:22 PM, via CapeNature

The 2017/2018 fire season is expected to be one of the worst in recent memory with hot, dry and windy conditions expected across the province already impacted by a severe drought. Local Government and Environmental Affairs Minister Anton Bredell issued the following appeal, “We are concerned about this season and we implore the public to […]

Let's get #Down2Earth: Food edition

04 December 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Let's admit it – food will never go out of fashion!Food defines our health goals and well-being, characterises celebration and culture and, simply, brings us together. But how often do you think about the journey of your sushi before it reaches your plate?Everything comes from somewhere.There are risks and benefits associated with every decision we make. We usually base choices on what's...

Pandas slow the flow for #WatershedWednesday

29 November 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

WWF South Africa is driving a day of drastic water disruption known as #WatershedWednesday on 29 November. This day is to call on everyone in shared spaces and corporate offices to experience a simulation of life with limited water.Leading the charge in the workplace, WWF embarked on a “dry run” on Wednesday, 15 November and is doing it again on 29 November in solidarity with corporate South...

Drought is a “watershed moment” for business

29 November 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Cape Town (29 November 2017). The severe drought in the Western Cape is expected to be a taste of things to come. Businesses and individuals should prepare themselves for the “new normal”, with long-term climate predictions indicating that this region will become increasingly drier in the coming years.This was the message from Christine Colvin, Senior Manager of WWF South Africa's Freshwater...

Bunnies on the Brink

28 November 2017 at 09:25 AM, via CapeNature

According to the Zoological Society of London, the riverine rabbit (Bunolagus monticularis) represents one of the top ten Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) mammal species in the world. Currently listed as Critically Endangered their futures are inextricably linked to the farmers of the Karoo on whose land most of the remaining rabbits occur. The […]

Water Hyacinth Crisis on Hartebeespoort Harties Dam

22 November 2017 at 15:23 PM, via

The post Water Hyacinth Crisis on Hartebeespoort Harties Dam appeared first on Environment News South Africa.

Water hyacinth is the most invasive and rapidly proliferating aquatic weed in the world. It is currently covering more than 30% of the surface of the Hartbeespoort (Harties) Dam in South Africa’s North West Province. The Department of Water and Sanitation have for the last…

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It's time for more toilet talk (or cubicle conversations) in the workplace

21 November 2017 at 02:00 AM, via WWF

With the reality of the drought in the Western Cape digging ever deeper, Klaudia Schachtschneider contemplates how to apply the “let it mellow” rule in public spaces.Having been raised in Namibia, I always fancied myself as a bit of a hard-core conservationist. I was sure I knew all about camping, minimal water use and roughing it.So when the Cape Town water restrictions slowly notched from...

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