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 forgotton 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?
The Project Rhino programme supports species conservation and our Aplied Ecology Unit is working with communities around KZN to increase land under conservation management. We’ve also helped create the worlds only indigenous Butterfly Route.
Applied Ecology Unit
The Greater Ithala Complex
Isimangaliso Environmental Education
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.