Many thanks to the Greyhound buses for sponsoring EcoForum with transport to attend the Climate Change Reality Project that took place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 12 to 14 March. Greyhound a leader in luxury travel is the first intercity in Africa to run using selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology to limit harmful exhaust emissions. www.greyhound.co.za
KZN Dept of Environment
The Sub-Directorate of Environmental Empowerment and Sustainable Livelihoods-Cedara, is a sub-directorate that is under the KZN-Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs. We have been working with EcoForum since 2011 in making sure that the media personnel’s capacity is strengthened in terms of understanding and gaining insight in as far as pertinent issues of environmental management is concerned, most importantly the challenges of global warming and climate change within the province. Ever since we started engaging with EcoForum on the above-mentioned issues by tapping into the broader media for attention and awareness, we were and are continuously making breaking grounds in terms of reaching out to the broader audience for change in attitude and the manner in which as citizens of this province we should address the challenges of environmental issues.
The role of Imagine Durban is to inspire the eThekwini community to implement the Municipality’s long-term plan. In order to achieve the goals of the plan, everyone from businesses and government departments to schools, NGOs and individuals—must do their part by following through on the actions outlined in the plan. At Imagine Durban, we are tasked with inspiring and securing the stakeholder commitment on which successful action must be based. We do this by engaging with key stakeholder groups to communicate the importance of long-term planning and the urgency of changing our unsustainable practices. We work to inspire business leaders, principals, government officials, community organizations and individuals to adopt a spirit of sustainability by implementing the action items detailed in the long-term plan. These actions are organized and assigned among five key stakeholder groups, who are responsible for implementing the actions outlined in Imagine Durban’s consultative document, the long-term plan. The stakeholder groups are:
- Civil Society (Non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, schools, faith-based organizations and tertiary institutions)
- Local Government
- Provincial and National Government.
Durban Green Corridor
The Durban Green Corridor is an initiative of the eThekwini Municipality to create economic development in the Umngeni river valley between Durban and, ultimately, the Drakensburg, although at the moment it extends to the municipal boundary at Cato Ridge. The idea is to develop adventure sports trails and visitor facilities and thereby create jobs for the locals. As a spin off, young kids in these areas take part in a youth development program that focuses on adventure sports, with a core focus on mountain biking, canoeing and trail running. There is also a strong environmental program to maintain and improve the river systems to be enjoyed for years to come.