On the 15 April 2015, EMG successfully hosted the first seminar of the EMG Seminar Series 2015.
The seminar was well-attended and involved a lively discussion around Revitalising Catchment Management Forums in South Africa. Thanks to Dr Victor Munnik for presenting his research and guiding the dialogue. Thanks to all those who participated from civil society, ngo's, academia and government.
Get the presentation here on slideshare.
Download a PDF of the Discussion -> Discussion: Revitalising Catchment Management Forums.
!!! Hot off the press !!!
Participatory Adaptation Handbook : A practitioner's guide for facilitating people centred adaptation to climate change
EMG is part of the consortium responsible for planning, writing and launching this fantastic resource for anyone involved in community-based adaptation work. Download the Participatory Adaptation Handbook here (3.1MB PDF) or contact us for a hard-copy (R100).
Accompanying the book is a set of facilitation cards Experiental Learning for Adaptation (945KB) - an amazing resource for anyone wanting to facilitate a community group.
We're happy to launch an isiXhosa version of our popular basic guide to climate change. We believe it is the only document of its kind, so please copy and share it freely. Download here (430KB). Thanks go to Mpumi Mlalusi and the late Zukiswa Hani.
Environmental Crimes & Incidents Hotline: 0800 205 005
The Centre for Environmental Rights is calling on all partners, concerned citizens and supporters of environmental rights in South Africa to make use of National Government's special 24-hour toll-free hotline to report any concerts about violations of environmental laws.
The Environmental Crimes and Incidents Hotline provides a platform for members of the public to voice their concerns about environmental transgressions. Set up by the Department for Environmental Affairs since 2006, and ,managed by an independent operator, it extends the capability of environmental authorities to detect and tackle non-compliance.
Your call will be answered by trained operators who will issue you with a reference number for your complaint. Any activity that you suspect contravenes an environmental law or regulation can be reported, whether it is about waste dumping, wildlife poaching, water pollution and sanitation services, etc.
Your call ensures that these violations do not go unnoticed and enables Government to measure and act on behalf of everyone's right to an environment not harmful to health or wellbeing.
Your call matters - whether you choose to remain anonymous or not - call the national Environmental Crimes and Incidents Hotline 0800 205 005.
The British High Commission in Pretoria recently announced that it would fund work to establish a carbon emissions trading programme for South Africa.
The grant has been awarded to private consulting firm Promethium Carbon to develop a pilot carbon trading platform. According to Promethium Carbon, the funding will "...fast track the development of a local carbon trading system in preparation for the carbon tax.” A carbon tax for South African companies is planned for implementation by 2016.
This would be exciting news indeed if anyone could provide solid evidence that carbon markets actually lead to a reduction in carbon emissions. So far the results of the biggest and most sophisticated carbon trading market, the EU's Emission Trading System (ETS) show the opposite.
In an attempt to make EMG's work more visible, we comissioned writers, photographers, graphic artists and web-sepcialists to help us articulate something of the essense of what we do. The result is four Untold Stories which can be accessed with the click of a button! The four stories from four diverse communities include:
Makhaza: ‘This is my Kirstenbosch!’ visits a once litter-strewn wetland in a township outside Cape Town which has become the community’s own botanical pride.
Rebirth in the Ancient Bokkeveld heads into up onto the weather-scoured plateau in the Northern Cape to visit a retired wheat and sheep farm that’s having its work-weary slopes restored to health.
Kobus February & the Place of Thorns is an illustrated story of the fictional character which brings to life the reality of labourers working to grow South Africa’s food.
Frack that is a cut-budget blog in which EMG asks government how it will police pollution caused by a fracking spill.