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De Beers' Group's Senior Ecology Manager Piet Oosthuizen Explains Why He Has the Best Job in the World

Senior Ecology Manager Piet Oosthuizen switched from looking after big money to caring for big game – and he’s at his happiest out in the veld

How long have you been with De Beers Group?

Before I joined De Beers Group, I worked for Sanlam, a financial services group with headquarters in Cape Town. By then I had a BCom degree. I started in July 1989 at Finsch mine (now owned by Petra Diamonds) as Assistant Accountant. Various promotions followed and in 1994 I reached the position of Management Accountant. Then, in 1998, I became Administrative Manager at Finsch mine.

VIDEO | See How Texas Trees Foundation and Alliance Data Are Working to Reverse Dallas’ Rising Temps

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Dallas is the second-fastest warming city in the United States, according to Texas Trees Foundation's Urban Heat Island Management Study of Dallas and its surrounding areas. The study, which was sponsored by Alliance Data, determined, "Cities do not cause heat waves - they amplify them." The ramifications of urban heat adversely affect public health, longevity of infrastructure, public opinion, and our economy. And the data from this study reveals that trees help mitigate rising temperatures, improve health of community, offset carbon emissions.

Essity Discloses Its Footprint in WWF’s Environmental Paper Company Index


Essity has shown its commitment to transparency by participating in the Environmental Paper Company Index 2017 (EPCI). The Group receives an overall score of 78.7% and 94% out of a maximum of 100% for its responsible fiber sourcing. The EPCI is a WWF tool that promotes transparency and continual improvement in the global pulp, paper and packing sector towards sustainability.

The Index assesses how a company´s performance and targets on responsible sourcing, clean production and EMS/reporting change over time.

Insurance Works! ACRE Africa Providing Safety Nets to Small-Scale Farmers in Kenya


“When the money came through my phone via M-Pesa[1], I was sure it was a mistake! I was sure someone had erroneously sent me money. So I waited for the sender to call me and demand that I return the money,” Jacinta Mutuse, a farmer from Wote, Makueni County, Kenya, narrates. She had just received about KES 900 (USD 9) on her mobile phone as a payout through the Replanting Guarantee Maize Insurance Product (RPG). The RPG is an index product which covers the risk of poor rainfall during the crops’ germination phase that necessitates replanting.

Indonesia and Japan Committed to Realizing Low-Carbon Development

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At the recent climate-change conference in Bonn, Germany, ministers of the environment for both nations reiterated their commitment to create sustainable economic growth and low-carbon development.

11 GM Sites Achieve Conservation Certification

GM promotes sustainable development through biodiversity goal
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DETROIT, November 11, 2017 /3BL Media/ - As General Motors continues scaling its efforts to restore, protect and promote biodiversity, 11 more sites have earned Conservation Certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council. The company is using its land, resources and partnerships to help address pressing global biodiversity issues.

De Beers Partners to Hold Conference That Shines Light on Conservation Research

Progress in tackling some of the world’s most pressing conservation challenges has been highlighted at a major research conference in South Africa.

More than 200 conservationists, scientists, academics, students, nature lovers and activists heard about the latest developments in a series of research presentations at the 8th Oppenheimer De Beers Group Research Conference.

Environmental Research From De Beers' Sites Goes on Show at Major Conference

One of the world’s leading environmental historians will headline at a high-profile research conference opening at De Beers Group’s South African headquarters in Johannesburg today.

Professor Emeritus Jane Carruthers will kick off the 8th Oppenheimer De Beers Group Research Conference in front of more than 200 conservationists, scientists, academics, students, nature lovers and activists.

Her keynote address will give an overview of research over the last century, looking at what has shaped the knowledge of the present research and conservation arena.

Tomorrow begins with Professor Norman Owen-Smith of the University of Witwatersrand presenting several case studies on how different species can be monitored continuously for extended periods.

The Living Urn: Helping Families Grieve and Grow Tree Memorials for Loved Ones


Guest post by Mike Wallace, The Living Urn®.

The practice of planting trees in memory of the deceased dates back thousands of years and is common in many cultures. 

At The Living Urn® , we wanted to take this beautiful practice a step further. We wanted to make a difference in the lives of others while at the same time giving back to nature. We thought, what if we could plant trees with the cremated remains of a loved one. 

#AskTt Twitter Chat: Advancing Economic Growth Through the Agriculture Sector

Join @TetraTechIntDev on September 19, 2017, at 9:00 AM PT/12:00 PM ET/7:00 PM EAT for an #AskTt Twitter Chat on Advancing Economic Growth through the Agriculture Sector
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September 19, 2017 /3BL Media/ - Join @TetraTechIntDev on September 19, 2017, at 9:00 AM PT/12:00 PM ET/7:00 PM EAT for an #AskTt Twitter Chat on Advancing Economic Growth through the Agriculture Sector, hosted by Tetra Tech International Development Services, and co-hosted by the USAID Feed the Future U


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