The Institute of Marine and Environmental Law was very fortunate to arrange for Prof Ben Richardson, from the University of Tasmania, to visit the University of Cape Town in April through an NRF Visiting Scholars Grant. Whilst in Cape Town, Prof Richardson met with members of the Institute and presented an open lecture titled ‘Time and sustainability: What is missing and what does environmental law need to do?’. Arranged in partnership with the Western Cape Branch of the Environmental Law Association, Professor Richardson explored how time is fundamentally important to sustainability and its governance.
We are pleased to let you know that all our postgraduate programmes and courses are on offer in 2019. We have also determined the provisional block-teaching week dates. Please further note that Prof Alexander Paterson (Alexander.Paterson@uct.ac.za) will be the IMEL Programme Convener in 2019, and should you have any queries, please do be in touch with him in the new year.
Professor Alexander Paterson was recently selected as an international trainer for the ADB-IUCNAEL Strengthening Capacity for Environmental Law in the Asia-Pacific Developing Environmental Champions: Train-the-Trainers Program. This involved him travelling to Kathmandu in Nepal in late November 2018 to present a four day Train-the Trainers Program aimed at advancing the teaching and practice of environmental, climate change and sustainability law across Asia.
Land-use planning frameworks have traditionally focused on developing settlements and related infrastructure. Climate change and biodiversity conservation have not historically always been considered in the formulation and implementation of land-use planning frameworks. Even if they are considered, the focus and impact of land-use planning frameworks is often localized rather than ecosystem wide. While countries are increasingly recognising and making the connection between land-use planning, biodiversity and climate change, in many countries these considerations are not yet adequately reflected in domestic laws and policies. There is accordingly often an absence of effective legal tools in place to practically facilitate improved integration of land-use planning, biodiversity and climate change issues and concerns.