Food for Us is funded through the 10YFP Trust Fundestablished by UNEP. The project was selected through an open 10YFP Trust Fund Call for Proposals for Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme with the financial support of the Government of Japan. The sustainability, running costs, and maintenance of the system is funded through donations.
The Environmental Crime Intelligence Network is a NOT FOR GAIN System comprising of a mobile application and a computer interface, the system is fully automated to allow notifications gathered by the public to feed through to first responder organisations.
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The Natural Resource Management Programme is seeking to establish 17 Value-added Industry Eco-Furniture Factories across the country, in partnership with the Economic Development Department. Each factory is making products that help to address the needs of Government, with an initial focus on school desks and benches, and are made from wood from invasive alien plants cleared as part of the WfW programme. Approximately one hundred jobs are created per factory, when fully operational, within the framework of the Expanded Public Works Programme, in this process, these jobs are focusing on the marginalized, in terms of race, gender, disability and age. The Programme is based on similar work in Working for Water, it is estimated that these desks can be made at a significantly lower cost than what is currently being paid for desks, and that they will last several times as long.
The intention is to sell these products to the Department of Education, and other relevant Departments, to meet their needs. The funding arrangements will need to be addressed with the National Treasury.
The Economic Development Department has contributed R8 million towards the cost of establishing the Eco-Furniture Factories.
The Working for Ecosystems (WFE) programme, originally facilitated by WESSA, is a poverty relief/sustainable development programme aimed at providing job opportunities to communities while improving the natural environment. This eThekwini Municipal project, which aims to restore ecological integrity and resilience of ecosystems through control and eradication of invasive alien plants (IAPs), has been an acclaimed success. IAP populations in existing project areas have already been significantly reduced. The programme is required to maintain the existing follow-up control practices in areas previously cleared, as well as roll out to other predetermined sites. Numerous jobs have been created and training provided.
eThekwini Municipality Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department provides guidance regarding management site selection. This is usually in high priority biodiversity areas, predominantly in rural areas that are of conservation significance. Sites where management interventions currently take place include the following: Ntshongweni, Drummond, Paradise Valley Nature Reserve, Roosefontein Nature Reserve, Ngonweni and Hullets Bush.
The WFE programme is implemented in environmentally sensitive areas; therefore environmental best practice guidelines are followed in order to reduce any negative impacts to indigenous fauna and flora. Rapid response and regular follow-up allow the teams to ensure that emerging weeds are kept to a minimum and that areas cleared of invasive alien plant species can quickly recover to their natural state.
Programme workers attend a basic three-day IAP training course presented by WESSA. This training specialises in identification of IAPs, methods of eradication, as well as the importance of biodiversity and removal of IAPs. The course has both a theoretical component (taught in either English or isiZulu) and a practical component that involves in-field training on identification and removal of IAPs.
The programme has a strong sustainable development focus and works with the Small Enterprise Development Association (SEDA) which aims to equip individuals that aspire to owning a business, with the skills required for registration and operation as cooperatives (co-ops) in these communities. Businesses established within the WFE programme are encouraged to contract back to the programme, as they then receive additional support and supervision.
The Working for Ecosystems Programme plays a critical and innovative role in increasing the functionality of ecosystem goods and services, improving the lives of the local communities, and helping them adapt to inevitable climate change impacts. The programme is in its seventh year of implementation, and the benefits to local communities continue to grow.
In September 2019 a Joint Venture between LEAD Associates and Imveloyami Environmental Projects and Consultant, IEPC-LEAD JV was appointed to implement the programme over the next 3 years.