Burning issues

This is the section on the DLIST site where emerging or ‘hot’ issues related to coastal and marine resources are summarized to give a brief introduction and links to further information about the issue. If you are looking for more information about a particular topic or want to know more about the ‘hot’ issues in the region, then this will be an interesting section for you. You can also contribute by suggesting new topics and responding on discussions in conjunction with these burning issues. You can even create your own ‘burning issue’ feature by contacting the DLIST admin team.

Recently South Africa’s West Coast has experienced an increase in property development that has sparked off hot debate amongst the environmental community. While there is no doubt that a country wide boom in the sale and development of property has played a strong role, the un-spoilt, often empty beaches of the West Coast have offered additional incentive for investment. It is significant that proposed and existing property developments here have predominantly taken the form of...

As our societies become more sophisticated, the world population grows and nations become more industrialized, energy demand increases and so we expect energy supply to simultaneously increase. Energy is considered a basic human need, and much of what we use and take for granted in our everyday lives is dependent on it. But how are we going to cope with this increasing need? Does the answer lie in providing more energy (which comes at an environmental and economic cost), or does it lie in...

Our coast is precious for all—those that live by the sea and depend on coastal and marine resources for their subsistence, and those that visit beaches in their leisure time. Litter originating from the sea and the land, however, threatens the health of the coast and therefore ours as well. Explore the issues, activities, and information resources about this topic in this Burning Issue and contribute with new information that you may have.

During a recent DLIST workshop in Walvis Bay, it became very clear that most organisations along the coast have a concern in common - the need to secure funding. With the help of DLIST members, the admin team have collected information about funding sources targeted at environment/sustainable development work in the region. Each funding programme has very specific criteria under which they are allowed to disburse funds - we have tried to capture these as straight forward as possible. To find...


What DLIST users say…

“If we are to survive economically we all have to start caring about this precious coastline, appreciate its peacefulness and beauty and maintain it well. We have to do this if we are to reap the benefits, jobs, economic upliftment that ecotourism can bring."

‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ according to South Africa’s former President, Nelson Mandela



What DLIST users say…

“We all agree that knowledge is key to our quality of life as well as our future survival. But lately there appear to be serious knowledge transfer breakdowns, by lack of a better term, that may not only jeopardize our future survival in the long run, but simply diminish quality of life”.

“Give a man fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him till stocks run out. Teach a man to grow fish and you feed him for a lifetime”