Tunatazama - Community Monitors

International biodiversity day

Victoria Makgoo

Victoria Makgoo
Morapaneng village
Fetakgomo Tubatse Municipality
Limpopo Province

International biodiversity day

On the 31st May 2023 SEJN,LEDET, Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality and Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment were preparing for the internatinal biodiversity day that was hosted on 01 June on Sekhukhune District at Ntswaneng village near Tjate Heritage.
450 trees were planted, 80 at primary schools, 80 at Secondary schools, 40 at Tjate tribal offices, 5 at churches, 20 at the community garden project, 5 at the community hall and 150 trees were given to attendees, the objective of planting trees was to educate the community and school going youth and to engage mines on the environmental challenges we are facing as community.

The importance of public education and awareness about the issue led to the UN deciding to celebrate international biodiversity day annually. To build back biodiversity, we must move from agreements to action. We must implement the framework and deliver on the promises on the promises for 2030 that are encapsulated in its 23 target. Three levels of biodiversity were discussed that is Generic, Species and Ecosystem diversity.
It is our shared responsibility to preserve this rich web of life, for it forms the foundation upon which our societies can thrive.

The theme for international day for biological diversity 2023 is ” From agreement to Action: build back biodiversity”. This reflects the urgent need to move to beyond commitment and translate them into tangible actions to restore and protect biodiversity.
The convention on biological diversity has three main objectives:
* The conservation of biological diversity
* The sustainable use of the components of biological diversity
* The fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilisation of generic resources.
Marika mine was in attendance to educate people about dust, equipment it uses to measure dust and what is done when there is dust. Wastewas one of the topics and we were happy to hear how the mine was taking care of waste, what is left is for the mine to assist with waist from nearby villages, campaigns and benefits for the community from the mine, our youth were available and we hope that they have learned a lot because all this is done for them.

Entertainment was provided by tradition dance, Sepedi dance called Kiba and women dance called Makgakgasa and performance of choirs.