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Climate change and its impact on mining project planningArticle

Climate change is playing an increasingly important role in the decision making processes of mining projects. Even as early as the pre-feasibility stages, its impact on factors such as water management and social licence needs to be considered.

19 Nov 2020

South Africa's land reform policies need to embrace social, economic and ecological sustainability
South Africa's land reform policies need to embrace social, economic and ecological sustainabilityArticle

South Africa's that current land reform strategies focus too narrowly on agricultural outcomes and transferred ownership - this undermines equitable and sustainable land reform...

23 Sep 2020

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Call to protect landArticle

Deputy Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Makhotso Sotyu, has urged South Africans to protect land from over-use as it provides food, water and energy...

17 Jun 2020

Why plantations are not green deserts
Why plantations are not green desertsArticle

Ahead of the United Nations' International Day of Forests on 21 March, Forestry South Africa research and protection director Dr Ronald Heath talks about how the commercial forestry industry is leading the way in conserving and rehabilitating areas of high biodiversity value. He also challenges people to think differently about plantations...

Dr Ronald Heath 19 Mar 2020

Revolutionise food production system or face mass deforestation, scientists warn
Revolutionise food production system or face mass deforestation, scientists warnArticle

Indigenous and local communities face threats from biodiversity loss...

Julie Mollins 20 Feb 2020

Ethiopia is making maps to help improve soil health
Ethiopia is making maps to help improve soil healthArticle

Ethiopian researchers put together maps which show where there are soil fertility issues and whether nutrients are missing...

Ermias Betemariam 5 Dec 2019

Technology, innovation can help halt land sector corruption in Africa - AfDB
Technology, innovation can help halt land sector corruption in Africa - AfDBArticle

Speaking at the 2019 Conference on Land Policy in Africa on Monday, 25 November, African Development Bank senior vice president Charles Boamah urged African countries to act faster in purging corruption in the land sector...

26 Nov 2019

2019 Conference on Land Policy in Africa: Why it matters
2019 Conference on Land Policy in Africa: Why it mattersArticle

This year's Conference on Land Policy in Africa, 25-29 November, is themed 'Winning the fight against corruption in the land sector in Africa'...

25 Nov 2019

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Drone Users Conference 2019 takes flightArticle

The conference brought together drone users, practitioners, service providers, as well as policy- and decision-makers, within the natural resource management field. The aim was to build networks and share knowledge towards the role of drones and related technology...

22 Nov 2019

Trophy hunting - can it really be justified by 'conservation benefits'?
Trophy hunting - can it really be justified by 'conservation benefits'?Article

Killing animals for fun is an activity which divides opinion. It can also be a highly emotive issue, with high profile cases like the death of Cecil the lion sparking global media coverage and outcry...

Melanie Flynn 14 Oct 2019

Samara: a charming safari destination for discerning travellers
Samara: a charming safari destination for discerning travellersArticle

Just seconds after our entry into Samara Private Game Reserve, after a bumpy 15km dirt road journey to the main gate, we were met by a tower of elegant giraffe purposefully gazing at us as if they were about to blurt out a greeting...

Lauren Hartzenberg 2 Oct 2019

Restoring soil can help address climate change
Restoring soil can help address climate changeArticle

It's time to take soil seriously. As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states with very high confidence in its latest report, land degradation represents "one of the biggest and most urgent challenges" that humanity faces...

David R. Montgomery 14 Aug 2019

AfriGIS year-end letter 2018
AfriGIS year-end letter 2018Article

Looking back at this past year, the saying that truth is stranger than fiction rings true. As a country, we have turned a corner and can be proud of the way our democracy functions...

Issued by AfriGIS 24 May 2019

AfriGIS Address Breakfast 2018
AfriGIS Address Breakfast 2018Article

AfriGIS hosted its 2018 Address Breakfast at The Saxon Hotel on Thursday, 25 October 2018...

Issued by AfriGIS 24 May 2019

$250m World Bank loan to boost access to affordable housing in Kenya
$250m World Bank loan to boost access to affordable housing in KenyaArticle

With the goal of enhancing access to affordable housing finance for Kenyans who are unable to access long-term loans, the World Bank has approved a $250m International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) loan for the East African country...

6 May 2019

Judge intervenes to halt shooting of Riff Raff the elephant
Judge intervenes to halt shooting of Riff Raff the elephantArticle

Animal campaigners were in court this week in defence of Riff Raff, a collared bull elephant who's currently on death row for being a "nuisance"...

4 Apr 2019

Did De Lille stall while Bo Kaap developers scored?
Did De Lille stall while Bo Kaap developers scored?Article

A proposal to declare the Bo Kaap a heritage site sat on former mayor Patricia de Lille's desk for three years, during which time four big developments were approved, according to the Bokaap Civic and Ratepayers Association...

Steve Kretzmann 27 Mar 2019

UCT's Lesego Bantsheng wins Corobrik's Landscape Architecture Award
UCT's Lesego Bantsheng wins Corobrik's Landscape Architecture AwardArticle

University of Cape Town (UCT) landscape architecture student Lesego Bantsheng has won Corobrik's Most Innovative Final Year Landscape Architecture Award for 2018...

12 Mar 2019

Earth observation data offers hope for Africa's wetlands
Earth observation data offers hope for Africa's wetlandsArticle

Wetlands support millions of people around Africa. They include all areas that are permanently or frequently covered by water, and could be at the edge of a lake or the mouth of a river...

Lisa Rebelo and Matthew McCartney 5 Mar 2019

FAO seeks $940m to meet needs of food-insecure populations in more than 30 countries
FAO seeks $940m to meet needs of food-insecure populations in more than 30 countriesArticle

The FAO is seeking $940m to save the lives and livelihoods of some of the world's most food-insecure populations...

12 Feb 2019

High density grazing can improve rangelands
High density grazing can improve rangelandsArticle

Correctly applied, high density grazing makes it possible to improve grazing, gradually improve carrying capacity and amplify meat production per hectare...

Andries Gouws 20 Dec 2018

Why massive effort needs to be put into growing trees on farms
Why massive effort needs to be put into growing trees on farmsArticle

It's now over 50 years since the world was first warned that resources were being used at an unsustainable rate. It has now been estimated that almost one quarter to one-third of the world's land is degraded to some extent.

Philip Dobie 3 Dec 2018

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Nature's whims cause water crises. Its infrastructure can stop themArticle

Across Asia, man-made structures have stood powerless to avert tragedy after tragedy during 2018's rainy season...

Karen Villholth 4 Sep 2018

New map shows that only 13% of the oceans are still truly wild
New map shows that only 13% of the oceans are still truly wildArticle

Just 13% of the world's oceans are now free from intense human activities such as fishing...

Kendall Jones et al. 1 Aug 2018

CSIR contributes to landmark climate report
CSIR contributes to landmark climate reportArticle

With humans and plants heavily reliant on the depleting water sources, a team of international scientists has put its heads together...

16 Jul 2018

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What we can learn from China's fight against environmental ruinArticle

A good news story about China's environment is something you don't hear every day...

Brett Bryan and Lei Gao 13 Jul 2018

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Honeybees hog the limelight, yet wild insects are the most important and vulnerable pollinatorsArticle

A broad library of evidence suggests there has been a widespread decline in their abundance and diversity since the 1950s. This matters because such insects are critical both for the reproduction of wild plants and for agricultural food production...

Philip Donkersley 16 Apr 2018

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On dangerous ground: Land degradation is turning soils into desertsArticle

Land degradation can take many forms, but always entails a serious disruption of a healthy balance between five key ecosystem functions. These are: food production, fibre provision, microclimate regulation, water retention, and carbon storage...

Prof Abbas El-Zein 29 Mar 2018

Land expropriation without compensation cannot be justifiable: A series of challenges
Land expropriation without compensation cannot be justifiable: A series of challengesArticle

Based on his research studies, Professor Cyril Mbatha of the Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership weighs in on the land reform debate...

Professor Cyril Mbatha 1 Mar 2018

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Halting deforestation: Striking the right balance between human and planetary needsArticle

Rapid population growth accelerates global demand for forest products and services. On the other hand, the population growth also increases demand for agricultural production and converting forests to arable land...

21 Feb 2018

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How South Africa is keeping its worst invader - famine weed - at bayArticle

Famine weed spreads rapidly and is devastatingly destructive. It kills other plants within its vicinity, wipes out entire crop harvests, poisons wildlife as well as livestock, makes food inedible and causes a variety of health problems...

Blair Cowie 5 Feb 2018

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The immense challenge of desertification in sub-Saharan AfricaArticle

12 million hectares of arable land are being lost each year globally, to desertification and drought, when 20 million tonnes of cereals could have been cultivated in this area...

Nabil Ben Khatra, Maud Loireau 9 Oct 2017

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How land reform and rural development can help reduce poverty in South AfricaArticle

South Africa will need to review its land reform policy, with an eye to boosting productive land use among the rural poor, if it is to push back rising poverty levels...

Leslie J. Bank and Tim GB Hart 29 Sep 2017

Protecting Africa's drylands key to the continent's future
Protecting Africa's drylands key to the continent's futureArticle

With over half of sub-Saharan Africa consisting of arid and semi-arid lands, the livelihoods of over 400 million people who inhabit these areas are at risk...

Sam Otieno 7 Sep 2017

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ICRAF presents the role of evidence and improved soil management for land restoration in sub-Saharan AfricaArticle

Fertile soils across the continent are under threat due to climate change and poor land management. Soil is a key component to solving Africa's challenges to ensure food security and address climate change...

Susan Onyango 12 Jul 2017

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Africa could help feed the world - if its fertile land doesn't vanishArticle

According to the UNCCD, two-thirds of the African continent is desert or drylands. This land is vital for agriculture and food production, but nearly 75 percent is estimated to be degraded to varying degrees...

Younouss Youn 21 Jun 2017

Tongaat expects FY headline earnings to rise 45%
Tongaat expects FY headline earnings to rise 45%Article

Tongaat Hulett expects its full-year headline earnings to rise by up to 45%, helped by the rebound in the performance of its sugar operations...

Andries Mahlangu 22 May 2017

Trio partner to develop resilience framework for northern Durban
Trio partner to develop resilience framework for northern DurbanArticle

As part of the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities Programme, Durban aims to create a city that will survive and thrive in spite of environmental and societal changes...

13 Apr 2017

Phosphorus is vital for life on Earth - and we're running low
Phosphorus is vital for life on Earth - and we're running lowArticle

Scientists are warning that we are approaching “peak phosphorus”, the point at which demand begins to outstrip supply and intensive agriculture cannot continue to provide current yields...

Vera Thoss 30 Mar 2017

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Earth's soil carbon reservoir poses massive risk to climate change mitigationArticle

Fijian president Jioji Konousi Konrote warned of colossal negative impacts on the environment and human societies if the massive stores of carbon trapped in Earth's soils are released...

22 Mar 2017

How to unlock the potential of papyrus wetlands in Africa
How to unlock the potential of papyrus wetlands in AfricaArticle

Most households in tropical sub-Saharan Africa – over 80% – use some form of biomass, such as charcoal or wood as their primary source of energy, mainly for cooking...

Michael Jones and Matthew Saunders 16 Mar 2017

Shaken not stirred - is the retail beverage sector set for upheaval?
Shaken not stirred - is the retail beverage sector set for upheaval?Article

In a recent Bizcommunity interview Design Indaba speaker Brian Collins commented that there has never been a better time to be a startup...

13 Mar 2017

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Dairy farmers to benefit from solar-powered coolersArticle

Researchers at Germany's University of Hohenheim have developed solar-powered milk cooling refrigerators for small dairy farmers...

Kennedy Senelwa 1 Mar 2017

Rwanda: Natural resources authority to be split into three bodies
Rwanda: Natural resources authority to be split into three bodiesArticle

Rwanda has introduced a Bill that seeks to dissolve its natural resources authority and form three independent bodies focused on oil, gas, minerals and land, water, and forestry...

Eugene Kwibuka 2 Feb 2017

How farmers in Africa are finding ways to sustainably use wetlands
How farmers in Africa are finding ways to sustainably use wetlandsArticle

Swamps, marshes, floodplains and mangrove forests, all known as wetlands, are a precious resource...

Adrian Wood 2 Feb 2017

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To discover Africa's biodiversity, look to the soilArticle

South Africa is finally embarking on a long-overdue initiative: mapping the incredible biodiversity in Africa's soils...

Esther Ngumbi 18 Jan 2017

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R1bn to rehabilitate wetlandsArticle

The Department of Environmental Affairs' Working for Wetlands Programme has invested R1bn into the rehabilitation of 1200 wetlands and created 25,000 job and much needed training since 2004...

10 Nov 2016

Drought in southern Africa today: a preview of what climate change could bring and how African farmers can adapt
Drought in southern Africa today: a preview of what climate change could bring and how African farmers can adaptArticle

Over the last year, an intense drought in southern Africa has left tens of millions of people in need of food aid. This situation could become a preview of things to come across sub-Saharan Africa...

25 Aug 2016

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