Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

"If we do not teach our children the value of their natural heritage, how can we expect them to care enough to preserve it?"
-  Nelson Mandela -

Despite numerous conservation efforts worldwide, threats to our natural world and quality of life are escalating. Lands and waters are under pressure from a rapidly expanding human population, damaging industrial and agricultural practices and poorly planned development. These factors are having a major impact on biodiversity. Plants and animals are caught up in a massive human-caused wave of extinction in which species are disappearing at a rate estimated to be 100 to 1 000 times greater than normal.

Summary: GOALS & Priorities

a) Long-term: Conservation goals describe the results we want to achieve for the preservation and conservation of biodiversity. Based on the best available scientific information, long-term goals must be sets for the abundance and geographic distribution of species and ecological systems necessary to ensure the long-term survival of all biodiversity on Earth – including the long-term survival of humans on Earth.

b) Short-term: More near-term goals should also be set, such as informing and educating the children and communities neighbouring our wild places with regard to the environment and its preservation and conservation. However, numerous such communities and from all over Southern Africa should be addressed and included in the project, since together, all these near-term goals serve as "stepping stones" toward a national and ultimate global mission.

To make the most effective progress toward conservation goals, we must establish priorities — we must focus on those places, threats to biodiversity and strategic opportunities that are most in need of conservation action or promise the greatest conservation return on our investment - and it's obvious: people are causing all the threats to the environment, all the habitat destruction, all the pollution. Thus, the solution: "fix" the people and you've "fixed" the problem!!!

Again, it is very clear that to contribute to the preservation and conservation of our natural heritage – we have to work together, join our talents and resources, set goals and prioritise – focus on informing and educating all the people: today's leaders and decision makers – the adult generation, and simultaneously, tomorrows leaders and decision makers – our children.

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