'Biodiversity sector employs almost half a million people'

The Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Barbara Creecy says employment the employment rate in the biodiversity sector compares very favourably with mining.

Creecy was speaking to Joanne Jospeh on the Afternoon Drive, sharing details on the National Biodiversity Assessment.

The study is helping the government establish whether their conservation and ecosystem management strategies are effective and safeguard the biodiversity in the country.

The second major finding is the strategic significance of the biodiversity economy for employment in our country... this particular section of the economy employs almost half a million people and compares very favourably with a sector such as mining, which in 2017 was analysed as creating about 430 000 jobs.

Barbara Creecy, Environmental Affairs Minister

There are obviously jobs directly involved in protection but there are many more jobs in the economy related to the fact that we have protected areas - fishing is a major employer but also eco-tourism.

Barbara Creecy, Environmental Affairs Minister

The value of the eco-tourism industry is estimated to be somewhere in the region of R32bn annually.

Barbara Creecy, Environmental Affairs Minister

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