Working for Water Program
  • Topic: Green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication
  • Location: South Africa
  • Date of completion: 1995
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  • This voluntary initiative came from Green economy policies, practices and initiatives

Description/achievement of initiative

The "Working for Water" public program created 25,000 green jobs for previously unemployed people in the removal of high water-consuming invasive vegetation.
Source: UNEP (2011) Green Economy . Advisory Services.

Working for Water is a government program in South Africa that was founded in 1995 to clear alien invasive plants while providing social services and rural employment. Alien invasive plants tend to be heavy water users in South Africa?s arid climate, so their removal frees water resources for both human needs and the environment. In addition to the specific problem of alien plants, the Working for Water Programme was designed to address a range of sustainable development issues in South Africa by hiring and training unemployed members of marginal communities.

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