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ramaphosa2Mail & Guardian reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for an urgent transformation of the biodiversity sector to help address the high levels of unemployment in the country.

He told a biodiversity indaba in Boksburg on Tuesday that SA needed to move away from being a raw material exporter that created jobs and industries elsewhere, and should instead focus on increasing job opportunities in the country’s environmental and biodiversity sectors. The president said the country’s revised biodiversity economy strategy aimed to “synergise our economic and conservation objectives by emphasising that a successful biodiversity economy must be linked to the restoration of ecosystems. It broadens the existing terrestrial goals and adds marine, coastal, estuarine and freshwater opportunities. This strategy places the transformation of the biodiversity sector at the centre of all we do.” The revised strategy was announced by Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy on Monday. She said the urgent transformation of the biodiversity sector was critical for sustainable rural socio-economic development to address the triple burden of poverty, inequality and unemployment. Creecy advised that more than 100 proposals would be pitched to investors.t

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Mandisa Nyathi at Mail & Guardian

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