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Card image 21 February 2021 Daily Maverick

Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries blows nearly R3bn in irregular expenditure

The Auditor-General’s annual review of the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries’ finances has uncovered irregular, wasteful and unaccounted for expenditure and has issued a string of negative audit reports.

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South Africa’s farmers weary as avocados become ripe targets

Across the South African provinces of KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga, avocados and macadamia nuts have become prime targets for organised criminals, leading to millions of euros in losses for farmers. Private security companies now patrol the fields night and day to protect them from the gang

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Northern Cape farmers on high alert as swarms of locusts threaten food security

Northern Cape farmers are on high alert as fears grow over the movement of swarms of locusts that are destroying crops around the province.

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Something to hide? Department of Environment takes the path of least disclosure

If you want information from the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries about the policies and activities it undertakes, it will stretch your patience and sanity to a snapping point. But what are they trying to hide?

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Long wait for water and compensation continues for Limpopo’s Nandoni Dam communities

The government says a more than two-decade wait for compensation by families forced to make way for the construction of a multimillion-rand dam will be over in March.

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Wildlife trade – legal and illegal – is the biggest threat to global biodiversity conservation

We have to stop what we’re doing and find a new path to sustainability for people, wildlife and the planet. But this is far from simple. And any attempt will be doomed unless we can find a lasting way to deal with corruption and criminality.

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Will Pretoria adopt the 30% biodiversity target?

The intergovernmental coalition for biodiversity wants to bring South Africa into its ranks. The membership of one of the 17 countries with the highest biodiversity in Africa would be crucial to the coalition's campaign. The coalition aims to protect at least 30% of the world's land and oceans by 2030.

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A botanist watches evolution and extinction play out in Richtersveld

No one alive knows more about the specialised and diverse plants of the Richtersveld than ‘amateur’ botanist Pieter van Wyk, whose family have lived and farmed here since the 1830s. Yet he’s seeing entire species disappear – it appears that up to 85% of the populations of many plants have died. So what keeps him going?

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Families affected by dam construction are unhappy with state’s compensation

Water and Sanitation department says offers were fair

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Card image 19 January 2021 Daily Maverick

Creecy asks for full report on Lake St Lucia breaching row

Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy has asked for a detailed report justifying the controversial recent decision to artificially breach the mouth of South Africa’s largest estuarine lake.

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Norway’s $1.3trn wealth fund blacklisted companies for ethical misconduct - including Sasol, Glencore - http://BizNews.com https://www.biznews.com/briefs/2021/02/25/norway-sasol-glencore#.YDsyvhyYvRM.twitter via @biznewsCOM

"Hunger is largely due to poverty and inequality, not scarcity. The decades-long “green revolution” push for industrial agriculture in India has left a harsh legacy of harm for both the ecosystem and smallholder farmers" @USRightToKnow https://usrtk.org/our-investigations/gates-foundations-plans-to-remake-food-systems-will-hurt-the-climate/

https://www.godan.info/codes An interesting initiative from the Global Initiative for Open Data on Agriculture and Nutrition. Could this be of value in South Africa?

The open access version:
Losing practices, relationships and agency: ecological deskilling as a consequence of the uptake of modern seed varieties among South African Smallholders https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/F3EMVNPCX3BFUQKM2ZRT/full?target=10.1080%2F21683565.2021.1888841#.YDi0y76Szyw.twitter

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