Perlemoen poaching and other threats to our heritage

Posted by Laura Grant on September 2, 2008
Posted in Green News

Fruit and wine farmers measure their carbon footprints
South African fruit and wine farmers have launched an initiative, with funding from the British government, to determine the environmental impact of their industries to keep up with the demand for green products in their export markets. Fully story

Perlemoen poaching
The department of environmental affairs and tourism announced yesterday that it is planning “further steps” – about which it is reportedly reluctant to give details for fear of tipping off crime syndicates – to stem the rampant poaching of South Africa’s marine resources, especially perlemoen. About 2 000 tons of poached perlemoen, worth R1.2-billion, was smuggled out of South Africa last year, reports Sapa. Full story

Restoring the fynbos
Anglo American-owned Vergelegen wine estate in Somerset West plans to restore 2,000 hectares of farmland back to pristine fynbos by 2014, reports the Cape Argus.

Mine water threat to Cradle of Humankind
Acidic mine water pollution caused by gold mining on the Witwatersrand could cause irreversible damage to the ancient hominid fossils of the Cradle of Humankind, including the Sterkfontein Caves, cave expert Mike Buchanan has warned in an open letter, the Saturday Star reports. The government needs to take urgent action to save the famous World Heritage Site, says Buchanan. Fully story


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