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PRETORIA, Aug 18 (NNN-SA NEWS) — South Africa’s Cabinet has approved the Coastal and Marine Tourism Implementation Plan which is aimed at growing the economy and boosting tourism, says Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo.
Developed under the auspices of the Operation Phakisa Oceans Economy, the plan will also seek to integrate coastal developments with existing inland experiences, with the view to maximise participation opportunities, Dlodlo added when briefing the media here Thursday on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting.
The plan will uplift tourism in the ocean economy. It will grow a world-class and sustainable coastal and marine tourism destination that leverages South Africa’s competitive advantages in nature, culture and heritage, said Dlodlo.
The South African Maritime Safety Authority says marine tourism ranks among the top four sub-sectors of the country’s maritime economic sector projected for phenomenal growth in the next two decades. According to the authority, it contributed 19 billion Rand (about 1,43 billion US dollars) to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2013, with projections currently indicating yields as high as 44 billion Rand in 2020 and rising rapidly to 134 billion Rand in 2033, while generating between 800,000 and one million jobs.
The Cabinet has also approved South Africa’s participation in the Second International Indian Ocean Expedition which will take place from 2017 to 2020. The participation will support South Africa’s chair of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) in 2017/18.
South Africa plays a strategic role as one of seven founding members of the IORA, which opens opportunities beyond South Africa’s coastal marine and tourism, and extends opportunities to one third of the world’s coastline.
Dlodlo said South Africa would use its research vessel, the SA Agulhas II, to conduct marine research, while training and building scientific capacity for South Africa and East Africa. The gathering of basic long-term environmental data and information will place the developing countries of the Indian Ocean Rim in a better position to conserve the integrity of its ocean and to find ways to unlock their respective potential ocean economies to improve the lives of their citizens, she added.
The Cabinet was also briefed on the Chemicals and Waste Economy Phakisa Labs, which are scheduled to commence opertions this month. These labs form part of the country’s intervention to manage the threats to the environment and human health caused by chemicals and waste.
Dloldo said the labs would also provide a further opportunity for the South African chemical industry to identify manufacturing niches that are associated with Green Chemistry � the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the generation of hazardous substances.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK
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ROME � Livestock are dying in parts of Ethiopia that are overwhelmingly reliant on their milk as deepening drought pushes up the number of districts in need of life-saving aid by 19 percent, according to a report released on Thursday.
At least 8.5 million people in 228 districts of Ethiopia need urgent food aid in the second half of the year, up from 5.6 million in January, according to the study published on ReliefWeb, a website run by the United Nations.
Ethiopia’s eastern Somali region is one of the country’s worst affected zones and is home to a quarter of the country’s cases of severe acute malnutrition, U.N. agencies said.
Severe acute malnutrition is a condition that kills up to half of sufferers under five years old.
“The number of districts requiring immediate, life-saving intervention increased to levels not seen since the height of the El Nino drought impacts in 2016,” said the joint report, which was compiled by the U.N. and the Ethiopian government.
Eastern and southern Africa were hit hard last year by drought exacerbated by El Nino � a warming of sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean � that wilted crops, slowed economic growth and drove food prices higher.
A strong aid response almost halved the number of Ethiopians needing food aid to 5.6 million since mid-2016. But the devastating drought was followed by poor spring rains this year in the southern and eastern parts of the country.
Since the end of last year, about 2 million animals have died in Somali region, which is home to many herding communities, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
“For livestock-dependent families, the animals can literally mean the difference between life and death, especially for children, pregnant and nursing women for whom milk is a crucial source of nutrition,” FAO said in a statement last week.
The U.N. agency is helping the worst-hit communities to protect their remaining livestock with vaccinations, supplementary feed and water, and improved fodder production.
“It is crucial to provide this support between now and October � when rains are due � to begin the recovery process and prevent further losses of animals,” said Abdoul Karim Bah, FAO’s deputy representative in Ethiopia.
“If we don’t act now, hunger and malnutrition will only get worse among [herding] communities,” he said.
Source: Voice of America