While working as an Engagement Strategy Coordinator at eThekwini’s Restoration Ecology Branch within the Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department, Gareth Wasylynco researched and created a business plan for a program called Working for Ecosystems (WFE). The Business case analyzed the business process of the program and offered insights and recommendations to enhance the sustainability of the program.
WFE is a government program funded and managed by eThekwini but implemented by the NGO Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA). WFE creates jobs and manages priority ecological areas through hiring the unemployed in some of eThekwini’s rural factions with little access to formal economic opportunities. Funded as a hybrid job creation scheme that controls the spread of invasive alien plants (IAPs), these workers are given a substantial level of paid training and are equipped to go out to field sites (typically owned by eThekwini) to remove, by hand or tool, priority invasive species.
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