Jeunesse Park (Food & Trees For Africa)
Jeunesse Park is a South African environmentalist and founder of Food & Trees for Africa.
Jeunesse Park created Food & Trees for Africa in 1990, the only national social enterprise in South Africa to work on climate change, greening and food security. FTFA has distributed over 4.2 million trees, has facilitated thousands of natural food gardens, bamboo bioenergy plantations and some organic farms for disadvantaged communities across South Africa.
In 1991 Jeunesse brought the father of permaculture, Bill Mollison, to South Africa to introduce Permaculture as a viable development tool for food safety and security and sustainable land use management. For the next 16 years she organised Permaculture Design Courses that trained hundreds of people and many facilitators. In
1999 Jeunesse was acknowledged for her efforts in environmental conservation when she won the Mail and Guardian Green Trust Award for Established Environmentalists of South Africa. She has since won the Mail and Guardian Chairman’s Award for Excellence, the Eskom Chairman’s Award, the International Chevron Conservation Award, the Nelson Mandela Forestry Award, the United Nations Environment Programme Sasakawa Award for Climate Change and the Caroline French Morton Arbor Foundation Award. As pioneers, FTFA established the Carbon Standard in 2006, now the Carbon Protocol, and initiated the first South African carbon calculator, which can be found on www.trees.co.za. FTFA also registered the first ever Bamboo for Africa carbon offset and Trees for Homes under the internationally recognised Verified Carbon Standard.
Jeunesse joined the international advisory board of Ogilvyearth in 2009 and established the Climate Hero Awards (previously the Climate Change Leadership Awards). Jeunesse was selected as an Al Gore's Climate Reality Leader in 2011 and attended the training of 1 000 as a mentor in 2012. She lives and works towards healthier people on a healthier planet and knows that one can change the world!
Harmke Immink (Promethium - Senior Carbon advisor)Harmke is a Chemical Engineer with an M.Sc in Environmental Science from Chalmers Technical University in Sweden. Her areas of expertise include CDM project development, CDM project readiness reviews prior to Validation or Verification, carbon footprint accounting and GHG baseline evaluations, environmental life cycle assessments, environmental audits and the Sustainable Development area.
Anthony Dane (Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town)
Ant is an environmental economist with a MComm in applied economics from the University of Cape Town. Ant’s research focus is on modelling impacts of economic instruments (such as carbon taxes), the impact of future allocation schemes on South Africa (and subsequent national carbon budgeting), domestic and international climate change policy, carbon accounting and climate change adaptive capacity. Ant was responsible for analysing and scoring company responses for the South African Carbon Disclosure Project between 2009 and 2011 while working at Incite Sustainability. This process assessed the commitment and experience the JSE Top 100 companies with regards to carbon disclosure and more recently the process also focussed on assessing companies' performance in terms of actions taken to manage impacts on, and from, climate change.