PROTECTING & RESTORING ECOSYSTEMS ACROSS SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
Africa is the world’s most rapidly urbanising continent.
Between 2000 and 2030 the urban population will more than double and urban space will increase by more than 700%. As this happens, ecosystems and the essential natural assets they provide will come under threat. During this time of expansion and innovation, it is imperative that natural spaces are both protected and incorporated into urban landscapes.
When we conserve and restore ecosystems, everyone wins.
Put simply, biodiversity promotes life. Not only do functioning ecosystems produce oxygen and sequester carbon dioxide, they also provide homes for animals, recharge groundwater, replace soil nitrates, prevent erosion and more. The addition of indigenous vegetation to any environment will have countless benefits.
Money does grow on trees! Useful indigenous species and fruit trees can provide produce that can be used in feeding schemes or sold by schools and communities. Indigenous trees and vegetation can increase property values and can provide natural air conditioning for homes and classrooms.
In South Africa, there is a huge disparity between ‘leafy’ privileged areas and ‘barren’ under-privileged areas. Urban greening improves pride of place and can even reduce crime and drug abuse. Additionally, research shows that living in a green neighbourhood reduces stress and aids recovery from illness.
Conserving or restoring a natural ecosystem is an incredible symbol of hope. It symbolises a belief in the future, a positive wish for our communities and care for our planet. It brings people together – with each other and Mother Nature. It is a living, breathing gift to the generations to come.
How do we protect and restore biodiversity?
We collaborate with passionate individuals and organizations with years of experience to run contextually relevant environmental projects across Sub-Saharan Africa. Our work falls within these seven themes.
Where do we work?
We currently have projects in four countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Environmental challenges, poverty, political stability and strong partner organizations all play a part in where we choose to work. Read more about our requirements and suggest a site for a new project here.
Cape Town, South Africa
Overberg Region, South Africa
Garden Route, South Africa
Hogsback, South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa
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