CAPE TOWN - The Worldwide Fund (WWF) for Nature on Tuesday said there are encouraging signs that Pretoria is trying to mitigate pressures on the country's natural resources.
The group released its Living Planet Report on Tuesday.
South Africa's increasing carbon foot print has once again been attributed to the country’s dependence on coal.
The country has the fourth largest ecological footprint on the continent.
A carbon footprint is the complete set of greenhouse gas releases caused by an organisation, product or individual.
Last year, the million job campaign by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) focused on the environment, said WWF head Saliem Fakir.
Further analysis indicated BRICS economies (those of Brazi, India, China and South Africa) are expanding more rapidly, compared to high-income countries.
This increases the pressure on biodiversity.
(Edited by Lisa Bartlett)