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Dr Andrew Baxter of WWF talks about the environmental NGO's work with corporates at Making CSI Matter 2012.

Dr Andrew Baxter of WWF talks about the environmental NGO's work with corporates at Making CSI Matter 2012.

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  • 1. Healthy ecosystemssupport healthycommunitiesMaking CSI Matter 2012Andrew Baxter, WWF-SA
  • 2. One of the world’s largest and most experienced conservation organisations+100 +5,000WWF is active in WWF has overover 100 countries, 5,000 staffon 5 continents worldwide 1961 +5M WWF was founded WWF has over In 1961 5 million supporters www.wwf.org.za
  • 3. South African chapter established in 1969. Some of our recent achievements: 278 The number of individual wine farms which are part >150 000 Ha of the WWF Biodiversity and Wine Initiative. (131 The extent to which 399ha conserved). black rhino habitat has increased since 2003. 2 Planets by 2030 At the current rate of consumption, we will require 2 60% planets to sustain our requirements by 2030. WeOf the South African retail market is currently exceed thecurrently engaging with the WWF biocapacity of our earth by 1.5SASSI participation scheme to times.transform seafood markets andpromote best practice. www.wwf.org.za
  • 4. Evidence of an embedded world Global Ecological Footprint Global Re-Insurance Claims
  • 5. Embedded view of sustainable development From: National Strategy for Sustainable Development
  • 6. Framework for Building a Resilient Economy Economic Integration Social Leadership development Ecological Ecosystem Stewardship
  • 7. Ensuring healthy, multi-functional landscapesCatchment Stewardship Land Stewardship Integrated Ocean-use
  • 8. WWF Sustainable AgricultureReconnecting our food systems withour ecosystems WWF’s vision around Sustainable Agriculture: Effectively conserve and manage our ecosystems within productive agricultural landscapes, whilst significantly reducing the environmental footprint of this sector.
  • 9. WWF Sustainable AgricultureReconnecting our food systems withour ecosystemsNatural Resource Management Agriculture’s• Supporting and combining agricultural and environmental good practice. impact • 69% of all SA’s fresh water is used for irrigationFarmers: Custodians of our Biodiversity • Farmlands represent 80% of all• Promoting landowner stewardship of priority SA land surface • Significant loss of diversity natural areas. through land transformation/ degradation • Large GHG emissionsEnhancing Ecosystem Resilience• Climate proofing our farmlands and catchments – promoting ecosystem resilience.
  • 10. WWF Sustainable Agriculture Reconnecting our food systems with our ecosystems Sustainable Agriculture Programme Objectives Partnering with Nedbank to Make Things Happen1. Managing key water provisioning catchments and optimising water usage.2. Reducing waste (which claims a significant proportion of all food grown).3. Improving cultivation techniques and rehabilitating degraded waste-land,4. Education around diet and consumption patterns.5. Promoting clean energy solutions within the sector.
  • 11. WWF Sustainable Agriculture Programme Overview*WWF Priority Agricultural Sectors• Wine (Existing BWI, Cape Floral Region, W.Cape)• Fruit (W. Cape and National)• Sugar (KZN/ Mpumalanga)• Grasslands Beef (Grasslands Biome)• Dairy (KZN / Grasslands)• Hops/ Barley (Southern Cape)*Selected on basis of impact in a priority biome or freshwater habitat /orwater thirsty crop.
  • 12. WWF Sustainable Agriculture Reconnecting food systems with ecosystemsWWF Track Record -Making & Building the Business Case • Increased productivity• Collaboration within the following sectors: • Reduced input costs (Wine/Fruit/ Sugar/ Barley/ Dairy/Livestock • Maintain/enhance market access/• Eg Woolworths “Farming For Future” shelf space • < GHG footprint• Eg Dairy Life Cycle Assessment • Environment benefits• Transformative partnerships with drivers of •  risk; improved production and environmental gains change = financial institutions/ Insurance • Market incentive or reward
  • 13. Sustainable Sugarcane Farm Management System - SUSFARMS®
  • 14. WWF Sustainable Fruit & Wine Reconnecting our food systems with our ecosystemsLeveraging conservation gains and linking landscapes
  • 15. Rapa Nui: Was it Ecocide? You decide! Earth’ Life-support System Human Societies Economy
  • 16. Thank You