A key principle underpinning the programme is transformation of the sector. This includes addressing demographic representivity of all South Africans in ecosystem management - a movement away from traditional protectionist to more inclusive approaches to securing our ecological assets and ecosystems.
The programme has been developed in line with the environmental and socio-economic policy framework of South Africa in moving towards a more people-centred approach to environmental management, conservation and equitable as well as sustainable resource use and management. This is to ensure sustainable livelihoods and development that benefits all people.
We support emerging environmental leaders to develop the technical, relational and transformational competence to address the complex, interlinked social and environmental challenges that confront the South African development state.
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The Graduate Development Programme supports university students and graduates to bridge the gap between academia and the world of work, through internship placements, supporting work integrated learning and university based career guidance.
Skills Development is focused on the key production sectors of agriculture, fisheries, forestry, mining and water to support sustainable natural resource use and management.
Leadership Development is addressed through the offering of the One Planet Leaders Programme in Africa, in partnership with the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, to enable a collective conversation between government, business, industry and civil society to lead change through sustainability innovations.
Organisational Development supports human resource planning and skills development to strengthen the work environments in which leaders learn and grow.
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Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA)
South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)
South African National Parks (SANParks)
Alternative Information Development Centre (AIDC)
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business
The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA)
BirdLife South Africa
Centre for Environmental Rights
SEA – Sustainable Energy Africa
Mondi Wetlands Programme
Flower Valley Conservation Trust (FVCT)
Natures Valley Trust (NVT)
Environmental and Rural Solutions
The Green House (TGH)