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various career pathways are opening up, including for example:

Community Development Worker

  • the link between human well-

being, development and conservation creates opportunities for conservation practitioners to work with communities towards improved and more sustainable use of biological resources.

Design Professionals e.g. architects, engineers, quantity and land surveyors, landscapers, town planners, etc.

  • opportunities are opening up for various

design professionals with a keen interest in designing houses and domestic processes, for example, that are more energy efficient, or landscapers for example looking at the design of green spaces that conserve and rehabilitate biodiversity and promote the

Environmental Educator

sustainable use of water.

  • opportunities have opened

up for

Environmental Health Practitioner

education practitioners to develop learning programmes and action projects that promote sustainable development in various contexts, such as community development, agriculture, industry and formal education sectors, for example.

  • the link between human well-being and

a healthy environment has opened up opportunities for practitioners to explore and implement improved processes and practices towards improved environmental health, for example, in industry, service and development contexts.

C.A.P.E. Cape Action Plan for the Environment

Environmental Manager

… in an industry context, for example, Environmental Managers are exploring improved environmental management systems, processes and procedures that promote socially and economically sustainable development.

Horticulturalist

… these practitoners use their knowledge of plants, ecology and biodiversity in promoting sustainable plant production, for example, or engage in research that promotes biodiversity conservation.

Marine Conservationist

… they use their expertise in promoting the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources.

Nature Conservationist

  • these practitoners use their expertise

and experience in managing protected areas for example.

Tourism Manager

  • balancing economic,

social

and

environmental priorities by responding to a growing economic sector, promoting job creation and striving towards conserving biological resources.

These are just some examples of many more career opportunities that have opened up and are continuing to open up in the private and public sectors and at local, provincial and national government levels in the context of improved institutional frameworks and practical strategies towards conserving biodiversity and ecosystems and promoting sustainable development.

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