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Dialogue: water quality threatens eco-tourism

WRC Webinar Dialogue: Water Quality Threatens Eco-tourism

WRC Webinar Dialogue: Water Quality Threatens Eco-tourism
Save our Heritage
Date: 22 September 2020
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Venue: Virtual
Registration Link:https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BRc3SOWPS_m1YrCAvx4kZQ

One of the most apparent forms of Green Economy in action is Tourism. This sector is regarded as a modern-day engine of growth, and a key strategic sector for economic transformation for South Africans as emphasised in the 2019 State of the Nation Address. It is a labour-intensive industry that holds the potential to drive increases in earnings in a market generally less volatile than commodity trading. The combination of well-developed infrastructure, scenic beauty, rich biodiversity, sunny climate, cultural diversity and a reputation for value for money experiences, are believed to be what makes South Africa one of the world’s fastest growing tourism destinations. The World Travel and Tourism Council estimated that travel and tourism directly employ, under normal circumstances, more people than the mining, communication services, automotive manufacturing and chemicals manufacturing sectors in South Africa. The travel and tourism direct gross domestic product contribution was R125 billion (3% of GDP) for 2016 and is projected to contribute R941 billion by 2026 to SA’s GDP equivalent to a minimum of 2.2 million jobs. Natural capital is critical to the sustainability and growth of the tourism industry. However, the ongoing ecosystem degradation undermines current and future tourism development, and its potential to deliver as a tool for socio-economic upliftment. In fact, based on the rate of natural ecosystems degradation, especially water resources, opposite projections and job losses are very real.

Celebrating woman emancipation

WRC WEBINAR Dialogue :Celebrating woman emancipation through green economy

Date: 13 Aug 2020
Time: 10:00-12:00
Venue: Zoom
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZVlA7Ba1SBCUP7G2AMd4gA

South Africa (SA) is one of the dry countries in the world. As if this is not enough, most of our water resources are highly polluted, from source to sea. According to National Biodiversity Assessment (NBA, 2018), all aquatic ecosystems are degraded well beyond 50%, with wetlands and estuaries worst off at above 75%. The projections are that by 2030 SA will have exceeded available water supply by an estimated 17%. Currently an estimated allocation is at 98%, which means there is very little water left for further growth and development. On the other hand the country’s population as a young democracy is growing fast, putting more pressure on natural resources, such as water. Water is becoming a limiting factor, unless highly innovative methods to enhance water the supply are used, such as mainstreaming Green Economy (with its subsets, such as circular economy, etc) into resource management.