Amanda Mkhonza recently facilitated and presented at a Workshop on Securing our Strategic Water Source Areas. This KAS-funded workshop was held in Cape Town and attended by a multi-sector stakeholder group, ranging from national government representatives (from the Department of Environmental Affairs) to government institutions (the Water Research Commission, the South African National Biodiversity Institute, the Council on Scientific and Industrial Research and the South African National Parks) as well as non-governmental organisations (the World Wide Fund for Nature-South Africa, the Environmental Monitoring Group and the Centre for Environmental Rights), conservation planners (including KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife, CapeNature and Eastern Cape Tourism and Parks Agency), private companies such as EOH and LLM students from the Environmental Law Masters program at UCT.
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.
2018 has seen 25 new students join IMEL's postgraduate Environmental Law Programme. These students come from a diversity of countries including South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibia, Germany and Austria. They also come from a diversity of backgrounds and include public prosecutors, LLB graduates, practising attorneys, environmental consultants, government officials, accountants, farmers and marine scientists.
We are pleased to let you know that all our postgraduate programmes and courses will be back on offer next year. We have also determined the provisional block-teaching week dates. Please further note that Prof Alexander Paterson (Alexander.Paterson@uct.ac.za) will resume the role as IMEL Programme Convener in 2018, and should you have any queries, please do be in touch with him in the new year.
Professor Alexander Paterson, Ms Amanda Mkhonza and Ms Olivia Rumble recently participated in the 5th Symposium and 4th Scientific Conference of the Association of Environmental Law Lecturers from African Universities (ASSELLAU) held in Yaounde from 10-13 January 2018.
IMEL is very happy to announce that Ms Amanda Mkhonza and Mrs Olivia Rumble joined the Institute at the beginning of this year.
IMEL is looking to replace some of our lost capacity with Professor Loretta Feris recently moving into the realm of university administration (being appointed as UCT's DVC of Transformation) and Ms Micha Young to Australia. We are looking to appoint a lecturer/senior lecturer specialising in environmental law to commence in January 2018. For those who may have an interest in applying for the position, please see the attached advertisement.
IMEL is happy to announce the publication of a new book titled Hydraulic Fracturing in the Karoo: Critical Legal and Environmental Perspectives which is edited by Jan Glazewski and Surina Esterhuyse (Eds). The book explores a broad-ranging set of questions related to proposed hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ in the Karoo.
Following twelve weeks spent together, the Principles of Environmental Law class bid their farewells to one another and headed home to their different regions in South Africa, Africa and Europe.