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Buffelsdraai Landfill Site Community Reforestation Programme – eThekwini  Municipality

Errol Douwes1, Nicci Diederichs2, Debra Roberts1

1 Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department, eThekwini Municipality, 166 KE Masinga Road, Durban, 4001.
2 Futureworks! PO Box 2221, Everton, 3625, Durban, South Africa

The eThekwini Municipality’s Buffelsdraai Landfill Site Community Reforestation Project, initiated in November 2008, is creating a carbon sink to help offset CO2 emissions (declared as 307,208 tons CO2 equivalent) associated with Durban’s hosting of several 2010 FIFA© World Cup matches. The project involves “reforestation” of a 757-hectare buffer zone at the Bufflesdraai Regional Landfill Site in partnership with a local NGO, the Wildlands Conservation Trust (WCT), and Durban Solid Waste (DSW). Of this area, 521 ha is defined as “reforestable”, the remainder being grasslands, woodlands, wetlands and riparian areas which will be restored and managed as part of the project. The area has been under sugarcane production for c. 100 years. Whilst climate mitigation was the initial objective, the project has demonstrated substantive climate adaptation benefits and is a flagship project of the adaptation workstream of the Municipal Climate Protection Programme. This is evident in: a.) direct benefits to local communities, and b.) enhanced ecosystem services from the restored landscape. Socioeconomic benefits include increased education and food security and improved community livelihoods. Local people termed “Treepreneurs” are trained by WCT to collect and germinate indigenous seeds. Tree seedlings are then traded for credit notes, which can be exchanged for food, basic goods, or used to pay school fees. Ecological benefits include improved biodiversity refuges, water quality, river-flow regulation, flood mitigation, sediment control, visual amenity, and fire-risk reduction. The project is currently being registered with the CCB (Climate Community Biodiversity Standard), which will create a structured requirement for monitoring and verification of social, biodiversity and carbon sequestration benefits. The project was recognized in 2011 as one of ten United Nations “Momentum for Change” initiatives: projects which demonstrate the multiple benefits of multi-stakeholder partnerships that address climate change through the use of climate-resilient and low-carbon mechanisms, while ensuring optimal benefits for local communities.

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Buffelsdraai Landfill Site Community Reforestation Programme – eThekwini  Municipality

 

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Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department, eThekwini Municipality, 166 KE Masinga Road, Durban, 4001.

 

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