Balancing biodiversity conservation with the transition to renewable energy

Oliver Cowan – 13 February 2024

Two of the most significant existential crises facing humanity today are climate change and biodiversity loss. South Africa has made commitments to redress both, but are they compatible and how can we best ensure one does not come at the expense of the other?

South Africa is one of the most biodiverse countries on earth, with diverse ecosystems ranging from the red-soiled deserts on the Namibian border to the humid mangrove forests along our northeastern coastline. This wide array of habitats supports more than 20,000 species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world…