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COMMUNITY BASED ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORS

Within the K2C EM programme, 17 Sites fall within Community based structures.  This refers to organisations that are involved in day to day work within the rural communities faling within the K2C region.  These include projects such as the CSA Herd Monitors, Vukuzenzele Medicinal plant nursery and the Rhino Ambassadors - sister organisation to the new renown Black Mamba’s

PROTECTED AREA BASED ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORS  

Within the K2C EM Programme 16 sites fall within Protected Areas and thus projects then include aspects such as Conservation support, Patrols and research.  

The now world renowned Black Mamba ladies anti-poaching unit is one of the key Protected Area based EM groups within K2C  

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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-tourism, co-managed conservation areas, infrastructural development options, service provision and entrepreneurial opportunities.  Community driven game breeding opportunities with Cape Buffalo for example, hold great promise.


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. 

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