A select group of individuals and organisations, including the Noordhoek Environmental Action Group (NEAG)were formally acknowledged by WESSA for their contribution to South Africa’s environmental conservation and environmental education sector at the organisation’s 64th Annual Regional Meeting and Awards Evening held at Intaka Island Eco Centre, Century City, on Thursday 16 August.
NEAG was awarded in recognition of the work done by the group to challenge noncompliance with legislation relating to environmental and development planning and other environmental advocacy work over many years. Chairman Dr Rob Anderson accepted the award on behalf of the organisation.
[singlepic id=33 w=320 h=240 float=left]Over the years NEAG has been involved extensive work to sustain the unique nature of the local area. It was directly responsible for the planning and sustainability innovations behind the award wining Lake Michelle extension, a project it has been involved with for over 7 years. It remains involved with the environmental management of the Longbeach Mall which it has been involved with prior to its construction. The mall has unique constructed wetlands to clean all runoff and has long had an industry leading recycling programme for all its tenants. Additionally its landscaping is all indigenous. All of these initiatives arose out of NEAG involvement.
Besides these NEAG remains involved in local planning issues such as illegal construction, environmental scoping of developments and proactive management of our open spaces and surroundings in association with groups like the Noordhoek Conservancy and the Table Mountain National Park.
NEAG thanks those who nominated the organisation for this recognition and also thanks its many members, supporters and of course the broader local community for their consistent support over the years. The award is not just an award to the organisation but to a community which cares deeply about the area they live in.