Cape Town - Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy on Thursday said natural resources that sustain millions of families in South Africa are under unprecedented threat from climate change, environmental degradation and the ongoing loss of biodiversity.
"We know that here, as elsewhere in the world, those living under conditions of poverty and vulnerability will be hardest hit by drought, floods and extreme temperatures.
"These people will also have the least capacity to adapt to climate change," Creecy told the National Assembly in Cape Town, tabling her department's Budget Vote.
She said South Africa's ambitious blueprint, the National Development Plan requires the current generation to leave future generations "an environmental endowment of at least equal value to the one we have now".
She said no single government department, entity or municipality can achieve that feat alone.