On the 14th June 2017, the Local Action for Biodiversity: Wetlands South Africa (LAB: Wetlands SA) Project was awarded the Biodiversity Gold Award at the 2017 Eco-Logic Awards held at the CSIR Convention Centre in Pretoria.
The LAB: Wetlands SA Project, which is implemented by ICLEI-Local Government for Sustainability (Africa Secretariat & Cities Biodiversity Center), seeks to raise awareness of the value of wetlands, build capacity at a local government level and mainstream biodiversity and wetlands into land-use planning and management. The project was selected as the winner of the 2017 Biodiversity Award from a pool of five nominated finalists including ‘Friends of the Liesbeek’, ‘Nature’s Valley Trust’, ‘Saving the Survivors’ and the ‘Endangered Wildlife Trust African Crane Conservation Programme.’
The Biodiversity Award is one of 13 awards granted annually at the Eco-Logic Awards and is given to an organisation/ project consistently working towards protecting, rehabilitating and/ or managing biodiversity. This year the 2017 Biodiversity Award was sponsored by Sun International. Other award categories include Climate Change, Eco-Innovation, Energy Efficiency, Water Conservation and Green Economy.
The Eco-Logic Awards are hosted annually by Enviropaedia and aim to identify individuals, organisations and communities that positively contribute towards a sustainable world.