Through their core mandate to deliver basic services and grow the local economy, cities find themselves at the center of environmental sustainability and sustainable development while also having to deal with the implications of climate change.
Sustainable development is at the heart of South Africa’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The NDC has an equally strong focus on achieving carbon emission reductions (mitigation) and implementing climate response strategies to the key impacts of climate change (adaptation). Together, these ambitions bring the country’s sustainable development objectives into sharp focus – as aligned with chapter 5 of the National Development plan: Ensuring environmental sustainability and an equitable transition to a low carbon economy. Local government has a leading role to play in achieving South Africa’s NDC.
Experiences from the V-LED project, which focuses on advancing environmental governance in South Africa, show that effective environmental and climate mainstreaming requires clearly articulated socio-economic co-benefits that result from following climate-resilient, sustainable development pathways. These co-benefits arise from and contribute to improved service delivery, and to South Africa’s overarching development priorities of equality, employment and reducing poverty. Understanding where these opportunities lie and how to integrate them into CoJ’s IDP is a key workshop objective.
Join us for this exciting workshop which brings together cross sectoral actors to evolve the City’s environmental sustainability agenda while charting a navigable course with fellow cities of South Africa.
Date: 15 March 2018
Time: 9:00 – 15:30
Venue: City of Johannesburg Metro Centre building, Reception Room
Please find the programme here: Programme Good Practice Exchange