Courtney Stafford wraps a gift The Paper Source in Marlton. The store has special wrapping paper for all occasions.(Photo: Jose F. Moreno/Staff Photographer)Buy Photo
Receiving a gift wrapped in special paper with beautiful bows or holiday-inspired accessories is almost as nice as the present inside the gorgeous package.
“It shows that you care and that you put thought into making the gift-giving process special,” says Courtney Stafford, who works at Paper Source in Marlton. “I have learned the presentation of the gift is as memorable as the gift itself.”
The store is filled with an abundance of papers, ribbons, embellishments, gift bags, gift tags and more for customers to make a present perfect, she says.
“There are many ways to wrap a gift beautifully, but it is always most important to keep in mind who you are wrapping the gift for,” she says. “No two gifts are ever the same, and we make sure our customers are involved with the personalization process by handpicking the wrap, ribbons an... http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/life/2015/12/16/how-perfectly-wrap-gift/77376898/
South Africa's watersheds are still heavily invaded by alien plant species, said Louise Stafford, Cape Town's green jobs program manager.
Nineteen million hectares are estimated to be affected across the country, she added.
The money raised through the new water fund will be used to step up existing efforts, she said.
Councillor Johan van der Merwe said the fund would pay for conservation efforts in the west coast area of Cape Town.
The fund's value has yet to be fixed, but the money will come from different sources, including public spending, foundations, international donors such as the Global Environment Facility, and water and power utilities, he added.
The Cape Town metropolitan area covers 2,445 square kilometers and has a population of about 3.8 million people, growing at a rate of almost 3 percent a year.
Ensuring an adequate supply of water during recurring droughts is critical if the city is to develop in a sustainable fashion and safeguard economic growth, experts say.
Cape Town's 14 reservoirs and two aquifers — the largest being Atlantis Aquifer — will need to be managed better, said Van der Merwe. The Atlantis Aquifer protection zone will likely be the first focus of the fund, he added.
Recharge of that aquifer has been reduced by the dense alien plant infestation on its surface, Stafford said.
"Invasive plants use more water than indigenous plants due to their deep root systems which can travel further and absorb more water, [and] their larger leaf surface area also increases evapotranspiration," she said.
Help for surrounding towns
The fund's investments, while improving water security and ecosystem functions, may also boost the impoverished surrounding towns of Atlantis, Mamre and Pella, through jobs in controlling invasive plants and restoring fynbos, Van der Merwe said.
More could come indirectly from tourism as people will be attracted to view flowers farther up the west coast, he added.
The Nature Conservancy's Apse said Latin America is leading the way in developing water funds.
From Quito to Sao Paulo, Latin American cities are investing in watershed conservation. This has led to cleaner water supplies by cutting pollution and reducing upstream erosion and reservoir sedimentation, he said. Cape Town could see similar benefits, he added.
A study on urban water in sub-Saharan Africa, released by the Nature Conservancy in July, said 28 cities could improve water supplies for more... http://www.voanews.com/a/water-fund-slake-cape-town-thirst-restoring-native-plants/3517500.html
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