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DEFF Sets Up Fund on Youth Projects

June 18, 2020

Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries

In response to the call for more support for young innovators and entrepreneurs, the environment, forestry and fisheries department has set aside R1 million to support the development of innovative youth-led projects tackling the issues of climate change, waste management and biodiversity loss.

In a statement, the department indicated that applications for the funding will be open for two months from 1 July until the end of August 2020.

Adjudication is expected to take place in September and October and the selected projects will be announced in November.

10 projects will be funded to the tune of R100 000 each.

Yesterday, the environment, forestry and fisheries minister, Barbara Creecy, hosted a virtual Youth Environment and Sustainability Dialogue during which young South Africans presented a wide range of ideas and suggestions on how to rebuild the economy and society post COVID-19.

“More than 100 youth from across South Africa took part in the virtual dialogue during which they expressed concern about the dire economic impact of Covid-19 and its effect on achieving the goals set out in the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change.”

Suggestions included a green recovery mechanism that is gender-and-youth-responsive.

“The presentation asked for the country’s green recovery strategy to include more rapid introduction of renewable energy, greener public transportation and the upscaling of the circular economy to better manage waste.”

Meanwhile, in Government Gazette 43418, the department called for comment on the Draft Second Generation Air Quality Management Plan for Vaal Triangle Airshed Priority Area.

The draft plan was drawn up in terms of the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act.

Comment is invited within 60 days of the date of publication.