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At the Adaptation Network's last AGM, EMG was elected to host the network. We have also been awarded a grant from the Government of Flanders to make this possible. Exciting things are in the pipeline. Join the Network NOW!!

EMG acts as secretariat for the Association for Fairness in Trade - a network of small-farmers and farm-workers who produce for the global fair trade market. Download the December 2014 Newsletter here.

We're happy to launch an isiXhosa version of our popular basic guide to climate change. We believe it is the only document of its kind, so please copy and share it freely. Download here (430KB). Thanks go to Mpumi Mlalusi and the late Zukiswa Hani.

English and Afrikaans versions are also downloadable. 

Environmental Crimes & Incidents Hotline:  0800 205 005

The Centre for Environmental Rights  is calling on all partners, concerned citizens and supporters of environmental rights in South Africa to make use of National Government's special 24-hour toll-free hotline to report any concerts about violations of environmental laws.

The Environmental Crimes and Incidents Hotline provides a platform for members of the public to voice their concerns about environmental transgressions. Set up by the Department for Environmental Affairs since 2006, and ,managed by an independent operator, it extends the capability of environmental authorities to detect and tackle non-compliance.

Your call will be answered by trained operators who will issue you with a reference number for your complaint. Any activity that you suspect contravenes an environmental law or regulation can be reported, whether it is about waste dumping, wildlife poaching, water pollution and sanitation services, etc.

Your call ensures that these violations do not go unnoticed and enables Government to measure and act on behalf of everyone's right to an environment not harmful to health or wellbeing.

Your call matters - whether you choose to remain anonymous or not - call the national Environmental Crimes and Incidents Hotline 0800 205 005. 

The British High Commission in Pretoria recently announced that it would fund work to establish a carbon emissions trading programme for South Africa.

The grant has been awarded to private consulting firm Promethium Carbon to develop a pilot carbon trading platform. According to Promethium Carbon, the funding will "...fast track the development of a local carbon trading system in preparation for the carbon tax.”  A carbon tax for South African companies is planned for implementation by 2016.

This would be exciting news indeed if anyone could provide solid evidence that carbon markets actually lead to a reduction in carbon emissions. So far the results of the biggest and most sophisticated carbon trading market, the EU's Emission Trading System (ETS) show the opposite.

 

In an attempt to make EMG's work more visible, we comissioned writers, photographers, graphic artists and web-sepcialists to help us articulate something of the essense of what we do. The result is four Untold Stories which can be accessed with the click of a button! The four stories from four diverse communities include:

Makhaza: ‘This is my Kirstenbosch!’ visits a once litter-strewn wetland in a township outside Cape Town which has become the community’s own botanical pride.

Rebirth in the Ancient Bokkeveld heads into up onto the weather-scoured plateau in the Northern Cape to visit a retired wheat and sheep farm that’s having its work-weary slopes restored to health.

Kobus February & the Place of Thorns is an illustrated story of the fictional character which brings to life the reality of labourers working to grow South Africa’s food.

Frack that is a cut-budget blog in which EMG asks government how it will police pollution caused by a fracking spill.

                                  ...Click here for the link to a  four stories...

There is jubilation this month as farm workers with the Association for Fairness in Trade (AFIT) consider the potential benefits of the amended terms of use for the fair-trade premiums, where 20 percent can now be taken in cash or kind. 

Bennet Malungane from Mabunda Farm writes in February’s AFIT newsletter that this is the culmination of a suggestion raised at the Ethiopia meeting last year. 

Farm workers can now learn more about how they fit into the farming system, how the economy works, and the role of trade in the economy, through direct access to a free online training manual.

 

The manual was developed for the Association for Fairness in Trade (AFIT) by the Cape Town-based civil society organisation, the Environmental Monitoring Group (EMG), as part of their ongoing work to offer training and skills development for small scale farmers and farm workers. 

 

Read more here...