One Planet Solutions | WWF South Africa


 
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One Planet Solutions

WWF’s “One Planet Perspective” outlines better choices for managing, using and sharing natural resources within the planet’s limits – to ensure food, water and energy security for all.
It requires that we:

  • Preserve natural capital:
    Restore damaged ecosystems, halt the loss of priority habitats, significantly expand protected areas.

  • Produce better:
    Reduce inputs and waste, manage resources sustainably, scale-up renewable energy production.

  • Consume more wisely:
    Through low-footprint lifestyles, sustainable energy use and healthier food consumption patterns.

  • Redirect financial flows:
    Value nature, account for environmental and social costs, support and reward conservation, sustainable resource management and innovation.

  • Equitable resource governance:
    Share available resources, make fair and ecologically informed choices, measure success beyond GDP.

While the global trends leave us in no doubt about the scale of the challenges that we face, there is room for hope. Numerous examples from all around the world demonstrate the One Planet Perspective in practice – with significant environmental, social and economic benefits. Below are just a few.



 
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Click to download the Living Planet Report 2014
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South Africa: plantations and wetlands

 
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Smart land-use planning has restored a vital wetland, and laid the foundation for successful partnerships
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Smart land-use planning has restored a vital wetland, and laid the foundation for successful partnerships

Forestry is a big part of our livelihood and it is important we have a good relationship with the plantation company. The community graze their cattle in the plantations, collect firewood and honey, and many are forestry workers and contractors. 

Induna Alson Mpangela, smallholder, Mankwathini, KwaZulu-Natal

We love cities

 
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A growing number of cities are demonstrating their willingness to lead in the transition to a sustainable future
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A growing number of cities are demonstrating their willingness to lead in the transition to a sustainable future

The Earth Hour City Challenge allowed us to learn from other cities, pushing us to think more creatively. With the help of our residents, the business community and other civic organisations, our city will continue to find low footprint solutions that improve quality of life and build a thriving, dynamic economy. 

Councillor Garreth Bloor, Mayoral Committee Member, City of Cape Town