The Wildlife Economy focus of the DEA, primarily put into practice by SANParks, is centred on the sustainable utilisation of indigenous biological resources. It offers brad based job creation opportunities in the fight against poverty and unemployment.
The initiative as a whole, seeks to avert threats to existing land use options, including threats from pests and disease, climate change, land degradation, water stress (quantity and quality) as well as threats to human quality of life. It is intended that this economy should strive for potential benefits from eco-
In a climate of degrading landscapes, jobs include:
The Environmental Monitors programme is one of the current flagship projects of the K2C. It is funded by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), implemented by SANParks Biodiversity Social Programmes (SANParks BSP) and managed by the K2C.
Over 280 EM’s are spread throughout the Biosphere with host institutions such as: Sabi, Sands Timbavati, Balule, University of Pretoria, Southern African Wildlife College, SAEON, Nourish and Hlokomela. The EM’s employed within each of these organisations act in various capacities that includes objectives such as, environmental education, security (both armed and unarmed), and research support.