South Africa is the third most biologically diverse country in the world, yet our biodiversity is under pressure from the expansion of agriculture (as well as urban development) and unsustainable harvesting and fishing. Parallel to this, global consumer trends are moving towards more environmentally-responsible purchases, causing retailers to out pressure on suppliers. Encouragingly, market leaders in South Africa have begun to review their supply chains and procurement policies.
In response to the challenge of developing more sustainable agriculture and fisheries
, a number of business and biodiversity initiatives have emerged across the country, particularly in the Cape Floristic Region
. At the 2006 C.A.P.E. Partners' Conference, stakeholders reported on partnerships established by the conservation sector with industries including wine
, wild flowers
, rooibos tea
. The initiatives aim to put production on a more sustainable footing, contribute to conserving our biological heritage and, in some cases, to explore how to adapt to climate change.
A C.A.P.E. Business and Biodiversity Task Team met regularly to help guide these initiatives, to share ideas with other bioregional programmes through SANBI and to lay the foundation for the establishment of the GreenChoice Alliance
in May 2008. Green Choice is a national alliance that promotes sustainable production and harvesting in South Africa, by supporting the profitability, competitiveness and sustainability of environmentally sound products.
Find out more about these business and biodiversity initiatives countrywide: