Biodiversity is simply the number and variety of organisms found within a specified geographic region … Biodiversity Conservation is about saving life on Earth in all its forms and keeping natural ecosystems functioning and healthy.
WHY DOES IT MATTER?
Earth and all things living on it (including humans!) form an intricate web of connectivity, that enables each organism to function and contribute to the whole. Removing one or more species has effects we cannot understand in our time. As a species, humans have forgotten this. Looking after the support systems, or the ecosystems that provide food, water and air for us all to survive is critical. We also get a tremendous amount of free services, such as clean air, water and food producing soil, wood, shelter, and food itself from a functioning system. Replacing these would cost too much.
WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT IT?
Together with partners CWC Africa, our Applied Ecology Unit is working with communities to increase land under conservation management. The Project Rhino programme supports species conservation and we’ve also helped create the worlds only indigenous Butterfly Route.
The Applied Ecology Unit (AEU)
The Greater Ithala Complex
Unlocking the Wild Economy
Indigenous Butterfly Conservation
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Remove alien invasive plants from your garden and community. Go organic and plant indigenous plants to encourage local bees, butterflies and other fauna. Encourage eco-tourism and environmental activities like hiking and birding. Avoid using chemical fertilisers, detergents and micro-beads. Buy less, pick up litter and say no to plastic.