In celebration of 25 years of international day for biological diversity, the KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden (KZN NBG) celebrated this day with the stakeholders involved in biodiversity conservation and high school learners from different schools in the Pietermaritzburg area. The celebration was attended by more than 200 high school learners from previously disadvantaged school in Pietermaritzburg. The schools that attended the event were:
- Dunveria secondary school
- Karina Secondary School
- Inyonithwele secondary school
- iSimero secondary school
- Laduma secondary school
The reason for the celebration is not only to showcase and reveal the beauty of nature, but it is also a reminder of what we as Pietermaritzburg locals should be doing to help conserve biodiversity in South African.
The aim of this prestigious event is to provide an opportunity to raise awareness to the public and action towards the important contribution of sustainable tourism, both to economic growth and conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
The garden curator Miss Sthembile Zondi delivered an educational key note. She highlighted the importance of conserving flora and fauna, also pointing out the fact that South Africa is the only country in the world that contains an entire floral kingdom, and that the more species we lose, the less diverse life is and the unhealthier our ecosystems become. She furthered on to say that if we conserve our unique biodiversity, then human life and planet will be able to thrive.
KZN NBG appreciates the assistance and sponsorship from Creative Art College, Bluff Meat supply and “Ma-chocolate – The Poet” who blessed us with a mind blowing and educational poem about the importance of nature.
We would also like to thank our stakeholders who participated in this event. The stakeholders are:
- WESSA – Blue flag
- KZN Crane Foundation
- Dusi – Umngeni Conservation Trust (DUCT)
- KZN Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
- KZN Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism.