The African Climate Reality Project launches initiative to strengthen environmental governance in South Africa

After a busy year 2017, the African Climate Reality Project is embarking on a new exciting project to strengthen environmental governance in four provinces of South Africa. This initiative, which is co-funded by the European Union, will run until June 2020. It will form an important part of our work in the year to come.

Together with the Ekurhuleni Environmental Organisation, the South African Institute of International Affairs and the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance, we will be encouraging broader and more effective civil society participation in law-making and legislative oversight on issues concerning sustainability and resilience to climate change. This will include some capacity building and support to local organisations to foster public participation on sustainability matters, as well as engagement with provincial and national legislatures.

While we will focus our efforts on the South African provinces of Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and the Western Cape, we hope to inspire a similar mobilisation in other parts of the country– and beyond! – to bolster a rapid shift towards a climate–friendly future.

Our Coordinator Noëlle Garcin is taking on the exciting role of Project Manager for this governance project. Since she will be less available to support and liaise with our network of volunteer Climate Reality Leaders across the African continent, we expect to bring in additional team members to support the work carried about by the African Climate Reality Project and Climate Leaders in multiple countries.

During 2018 ACRP will continue our work on the Big Shift Global Campaign, as well as policy and advocacy efforts to ensure the implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, particularly climate mitigation efforts in Africa.

No doubt that 2018 will be a busy year – and we hope, one of positive changes for our environment and our people!

Disclaimer: This post was created with the financial support of the European Union.
Its contents are the sole responsibility of the African Climate Reality Project and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.