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ONLINE WEBINAR


There is an EIA in my Climate Soup


Climate change is a truly global problem and can only be responded to meaningfully if there is alignment of many disparate actions to a common vision. The more one tries to focus on a particular locale or problem, the harder it becomes to define and disentangle the situation - this has been our experience when compiling an updated response strategy for the Western Cape.


It is therefore important and necessary to integrate the guidance of a climate change strategy into more 'operational' processes such as EIAs. In an attempt to give guidance to this, the National Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment published a Guideline for Consideration of Climate Change in EIAs, AEMs and WMLs for comment in June 2021.


The Climate Change Directorate of the Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning is in the process of detailing an Implementation Plan for a recently updated climate change response strategy that identifies very specific activities linked to responsible parties and timeframes. Having cognizance of the national guideline, we ask whether there are synergies to be explored between the guide and the broader objectives found in the Provincial climate change strategy.

Agenda

12 PM - 12:10 PM
Welcome and Announcements
12:10 PM - 12:20 PM
Introduction of Speakers
12:20 PM - 12:50 PM
Presenter 1
12:50 PM - 1:20 PM
Presenter 2
1:20 PM - 1:50 PM
Questions & Answers
1:50 PM - 2 PM
Thanks and Close

Speakers

  • Jody Brown (Environmental Officer at Department of Environmental Affairs & Development Planning)

    Jody Brown

    Environmental Officer at Department of Environmental Affairs & Development Planning

    Jody Brown is an Environmental Officer working in the Climate Change Directorate at the Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, focusing on climate change mitigation. He has a Master’s degree specializing in environmental management, with experience in biodiversity offsets, protected area expansion as well as competence working at NGO, local and provincial government levels.

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  • Gerard van Weele (Environmental Officer at Department of Environmental Affairs & Development Planning)

    Gerard van Weele

    Environmental Officer at Department of Environmental Affairs & Development Planning

    Gerard van Weele is a Control Environmental Officer in the Climate Change Directorate of the Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning. He has over 20 years' experience in the environmental management field, in both the private and public sectors. Although originally from Gauteng, where he obtained an MSc focusing on climate change at Wits University and worked for the Gauteng Provincial Government, he has lived and worked in the Western Cape since 2010. He joined the Western Cape Government in 2020, following 12 years as environmental consultant with Royal HaskoningDHV.

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