Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Cape Town joins international green project

By Tina George
31 October 2007

The city of Cape Town has joined an international programme, Local Action for Biodiversity, a network of cities around the world that help local governments better manage and utilise plant an animal resources within their cities.

Cape Town is the host to the LAB project’s operational centre. South Africa is regarded as a biodiversity hotspot and a world leader in planning and managing biodiversity.

According to Sebastian Winkler, Director of the World Conservation Union countdown 2010 project, cities occupy just 2% of the surface area of the planet, but absorb 75% of the world’s natural resources.

He adds that the war for biodiversity will be won in the cities. Through LAB, cities will be able to access a range of tools which will assist them in implementing biodiversity plans.


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