The DA in the Western Cape welcomes the Provincial Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning’s initiative, to implement the Breede River Environmental Protection Plan.
This plan, which aims to protect and preserve the ecological integrity in the Breede River region, was announced today in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament Standing Committee on Environmental Affairs and Development Planning.
I am pleased that the Department has presented this plan, because with the current water crisis, it will ensure that we not only protect our reserves, but also use water efficiently. I will also write to the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Anton Bredell, to establish if his Department has any initiatives and programs in place to promote the sustainable use of water and the conservation of other natural resources in and around the Breede River region.
The central strategy of the current Breede River Environmental Resources Protection Plan is to promote intergovernmental cooperation, while collaborating with agencies, the private sector and NGOs to create a sustainable approach to water provision services.
The Breede River catchment area currently serves as a water source for agricultural activities in the region. It is imperative that this activity employ best practice methods including the efficient use of water, the elimination of harmful substances which could pollute water sources, and the efficient use of soil and agricultural support systems.
The DA remains committed to promoting best practice in water usage in order to both protect our reserves and ensure access to this resource for our people.