Environment Bowlers BFacilitator: Gordon Laing Andrew Baxter – WWF SA André Oberholzer – SAPPIMaseda Ratshikuni – Nedbank
Environment Practices holding us back• The process of engaging across and between social and environmental programmes – need to speak the same language• The lack of credibility of EIA assessors (affects M&E)• Not sharing what works• Not looking at linking with best-practice in the wider landscape – e.g. linking biological corridors to prevent sterile environmental pockets• Not supporting local products (which have a smaller environmental footprint)
Environment Practices holding us back2/• Using land in ways that doesn’t make the most of its characteristics (e.g. housing when farming would suit and vice versa)• Inability to reach consensus with people in the community on environmental priorities
Environment Practices that should be encouraged• Simple solutions that don’t require high-tech, high- cost ongoing inputs and maintenance – that become self-sustaining, using natural resources responsibly, within the community• Landscapes are multifunctional – don’t concentrate on just one issue but encourage diversity• Community engagement and understanding of their needs before commencing projects• Partnerships where there is mutual benefit (eg. BWI)
Environment Practices that should be encouraged2/• Collaboration with communities to avoid degradation of resources where communities are compensated• Integration of environmental and CSI practices into business functions• Creating partnerships to access and/or increase knowledge bases (eg. with academic institutions / research agencies)• Stakeholder engagement and education• Motivate being environmentally responsible within communities (behaviour change, convenience)
Environment Practices that should be encouraged3/• When communicating, link environmental improvements to social and economic benefits• Work with partners who are able to leverage mass partnerships with schools, government and corporates
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