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Publication Date : 2013-11-25
Author/s : Vernon Gibbs-Halls


EDEN DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY WIN GREENEST MUNICIPALITY 2013

The Greenest Municipality Competition (GMC) aims to promote improved service delivery that restores community pride and commitment in caring for the living environment. It also focuses on improved integrated sustainable development strategies inmunicipalities. There is an energy of innovation and leadership which continues to emanate from our WesternCape Municipalities.  The work deliveredon in this competition, by participating municipalities, is the essence of what is needed to create a space of socio-economic growth and prosperity.   Creating clean living spaces, exploring avenues for job opportunities, restoring community pride and creating a sense of belonging for the people we serve are the socio-economic issues which we are able address through this competition.  As we work hand in hand we start, and continue to create sustainable lifestyles for our communities bette rtogether.The competition is now in its third year in the Western Cape Province and includestwo categories for evaluation i.e. Local and District Municipalities. Both Localand District Municipalities were evaluated on six different themes as follows: Waste Management Energy Efficiency &ConservationBiodiversity Management, CoastalManagement & BeautificationWater Management and Conservation Air Quality Management and     Leadership, Compliance, Institutional Arrangements & PublicParticipation. The Waste Management Section of Eden DM, under Morton Hubbe has implemented an Environmental Impact assessment proses and a Public, Private Partnership process to establish a Regional Landfill Facility. It has also started with a feasibility process to implement Alternative Integrated Waste Management technologies in die Eden District. In cooperation with the B-municipalities, Eden has also implemented an oil recycling and e-waste service with the partnership of private companies. Education programs were rolled out with thepartnership of the B-municipalities and private companies to inform and educate school children and the community.The Eden Air quality unit, under Johan Schoeman is playing a coordinating rolepertaining air quality within the district. During 2012/2013 the unit was instrumental in developing air quality management plans for the 7 B-authoritiesin the Eden district, ensuring compliance with the National Environmental: AirQuality Act, 39 of 2004. It also embarked on an Eden Clean Fires Campaign where informal residencies are educated on air pollution. Eden`s main air quality function is licencing of Listed Activities and the conditions setin the various licences led to improved air quality on the industrial level. It is furthermore conducting Vehicle emission testing, air quality monitoring activities and ongoing compliance and enforcement initiatives. Eden is also chairing the Eden Air Quality working group whereby the industry meets with the authorities on a quarterly basis ensuring compliance, coordination and distribution of important Air quality information.  Under VernonGibbs-Halls who manages Biodiversity, climate change and coastal management, 2013 saw Eden start the implementation of a suite of environmental planning tools.These included providing municipalities with training on the systematic finescale biodiversity. The compilation, public participation and adoption of the EDEN DISTRICT COASTAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME, the engagement process leading to the soon to be released DRAFT EDEN CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION PROGRAMME, the completion of the DRAFT COASTAL BY LAWS and the completion of additional ESTUARY MANAGEMENT PLANS and their associated Forums. 2013 marked an active year for environmental education throughout the Eden District by both registered Eco Schools and non-registered Eco Schools. the focal theme went towards the celebration of special days, where Wetlands Day, Water Week, Arbor Week, Environmental Week, Bird Week, Coastal Clean Up, and Marine Week featured as the main event. On-going education and training of ROADS staff ensures that maintenanceactivities are in line with best practice road verge clearance and alien eradication along our roads.

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KINGDOM / PHYLUM
Animalia, phylum Arthropoda
CLASS / ORDER / SUB ORDER
class Insecta
order Lepidoptera
Heterocera Rhopalocera
SUPERFAMILIES
Hesperioidea Hedyloidea Papilionoidea
Papilionidae, Pieridae, Lycaenidae, Riodinidae, and Nymphalidae
AUTHOR / COPYRIGHT
Author : James Smith
Photography : Dean Jones
Video : Malcolm Johnson
Copyright John Smith

 

ingdom Animalia, phylum Arthropoda, class Insecta, and order Lepidoptera. Generally, the order Lepidoptera is broken down into two sub-orders: Heterocera (the “varied-antennaed” moths) and the “club-antennaed” Rhopalocera, the sub-order to which the butterflies belong. The Rhopalocera sub-order includes 3 superfamilies: The true butterfly superfamily contains 5 families of butterflies: Papilionidae, Pieridae, Lycaenidae, Riodinidae, and Nymphalidae.

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