Draft Biodiversity Economy Strategy released for public comment

Submitted by: Nadia Shah, Thursday, November 5, 2015

Stakeholders are invited to comment on the Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA) draft Biodiversity Economy Strategy (BES) before the 19th of November 2015. The BES outlines a fourteen year plan to increase the economic value of the biodiversity economy with the aim of achieving an average annualised GDP growth rate of 10% per annum by 2030.

What is the biodiversity economy?

According to the BES, South Africa’s biodiversity economy encompasses economic activities that either directly depend on biodiversity for their core business or that contribute to conservation of biodiversity through their activities. The biodiversity economy includes bioprospecting defined as the development or application of indigenous, biological or genetic resources for commercial or industrial exploitation and the wildlife industry which includes live sales of indigenous wildlife, the sale of game meat and the hunting industry.

How will economic growth be achieved?

The BES seeks to optimise the biodiversity economy by addressing constraints for growth, facilitating cooperation between the private sector, government and communities, attracting new investments and ensuring environmental sustainability.  

Submission of comments:

Stakeholders are invited to submit written comments via email or post:

Email:  PNaicker@environment.gov.za

Post to: 

The Director-General: Department of Environmental Affairs

            Attention: Mrs Preshanthie Naicker-Manick

            Private Bag x447

            Pretoria

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Written comments may also be hand delivered to the Department of Environmental Affairs:        

            Environment House

            473 Steve Biko Street, Arcadia

            Pretoria, 0083

To download a copy of the draft Biodiversity Economy Strategy, visit the Department of Environmental Affairs website.

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