On their 3rd day of their block lectures, the Natural Resources Law class took a moment to appreciate the intrinsic value of South Africa’s rich biodiversity. The tour of the internationally acclaimed botanical gardens formed part of a full day’s lecture series hosted by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), nestled just outside the gardens.
Sandy Paterson recently returned from Mbeya, Tanzania, where he facilitated a Regional Workshop on Integrated Planning and the Law. The Workshop formed part of the Integrated Planning to Implement the CBD Strategic Plan and Increase Ecosystem Resilience to Climate Change Project implemented by the IUCN Environmental Law Centre, the IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme and three IUCN regional offices. The objective of the project is to increase capacity to optimise planning to support biodiversity and climate change adaptation objectives, including through the effective engagement of protected area systems. The project focuses on integrating climate change and biodiversity concerns into spatial planning frameworks in four district surrounding the Lake Tanganyika ecosystem.
Planning Law is a very practical subject and accordingly the postgraduate students taking Land Use Planning Law spent the morning of the last day of their first teaching block working through an array of practical scenarios through which they could apply the law they had encountered in the seminars.
One of the issues which is dealt with in the Principles of Environmental Course, are key institutions with a role to play in environmental governance and the environmental law making process. With a view to providing students with a tangible insight into the inner workings of Parliament, some students visited Parliament last week to listen to the lively debate in the National Assembly over the country's water crisis.