The National Arbor City Awards (NACA) are taking place again for the 19th time in 2021. This is the result of the continuous partnership between the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE), TOTAL South Africa and the Institute for Environment and Recreation Management (IERM). TOTAL South Africa is the main sponsor of these exciting awards. The competition provides incentives and rewards to municipalities who are doing their best in terms of greening and landscape development and management, especially in the townships and new settlement areas, in particular homesteads, street tree planting, creation of parks for aesthetics and recreation, management of open spaces, plant species conservation, use of water wise techniques as well as greening advocacy. The competition further encourages municipalities to involve youth in their greening initiatives. Should a municipality demonstrate youth involvement in its programmes or projects, it will stand a better chance in attaining the award.
In 2021, municipalities are expected to demonstrate how they are going to support the implementation of the National Two Million Trees Programme. The competition submission must be in a form of project plan, pictures or videos depicting new tree planting and related developments.
Please note that the 2021 National Arbor City Awards closing date for entry forms has been extended to 30 June 2021.