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Kouga to host international climate change workshop

21 June 2019
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More than 100 delegates from nine countries will gather in Jeffreys Bay this October for an international climate change workshop.

Set to take place from 9 to 11 October at Mentorskraal Country Estate, the workshop will bring together representatives from Germany, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Peru, Ecuador and Nicaragua for discussions on how municipalities can safeguard their communities from the potentially devastating impact of climate change.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said Kouga Municipality was honoured to have been selected to host the workshop.

“We were one of three African and South American municipalities under consideration and are thrilled to have been chosen,” he said.     

The workshop is a continuation of Kouga’s climate change partnership with the German municipality Ilsfeld.

Twelve German municipalities and their respective partners from Africa and South America will be in attendance. Two South African municipalities, Kouga and the Alfred Nzo District Municipality, also from the Eastern Cape, will be among the delegates.   

Hendricks said the purpose of the workshop was for the partner municipalities to present the joint programmes of action they have been working on since the kick-off conference in Germany in October 2017.

“It will serve as a platform for municipalities from different parts of the world to learn from each other’s shared experiences and to unlock potential funding for projects aimed at minimising the impact of climate change on local communities.”

He said special focus would also fall on Kouga, as the host municipality, with the delegates set to visit climate change hotspots in the region.

The partnership programme is being spearheaded by Global Engagement’s Service Agency Communities in One World (SKEW), a unit specialising in cooperative local development, together with an amalgamation of stakeholders called the Landesarbeidtsgemeinschaft Agenda 21 NRW.

It is funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BZN).

Hendricks said the aim of the programme was to strengthen partnerships between German municipalities and their counterparts in the southern hemisphere, with a view to rolling out local solutions to global issues such as climate change.

“It is a golden opportunity for participating municipalities to prepare their communities for climate change through the development and implementation of concrete programmes of action, including objectives, measures and allocated resources.”