The Centre for Civil Society based within the School of Built Environment and Development Studies invite you to the seminar: Climate, water and destructive development from Maputo to South Durban

Speakers:  Neima Adamo, Sergio Brito, Ester Uamba, Patrick Bond and Dimple Deonath
Date:      Friday, 3 August 2012
Time:      12:30-14:00
Venue:     CCS Seminar Room 602, 6th Floor, MTB Tower, Howard College

The Centre for Civil Society has helped host a project investigating the confluence of climate change, water, municipal governance and social mobilisation in Maputo, Nairobi and Durban, in conjunction with the York University Faculty of Environmental Studies, the Eduardo Mondlane University and the University of Nairobi, as part of the Program on Climate Change and Adaptation in Africa sponsored by the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa. In 2011, a similar seminar interrogated adaptation and mitigation measures in Nairobi and Durban:,61,3,2381 and in this seminar, we further consider how African cities react to climate change. Maputo went literally under water due to flooding in 2000-01 and its notorious problems in supplying clean retail water to households remain a source of concern given the sea-side city’s vulnerability to extreme weather. The South Durban case is complicated by the area’s role as both victim and villain; the March 2007 destruction of the waterfront is one example of the former, while the incoming R250 billion Back of Ports and Dig-Out Port projects represent a huge increase in petro-chemical, industrial, shipping and freight emissions, not to mention the threat of vast residential displacement and local hazards. How are civil society organisations responding in both cities, and do they have any real chance of defeating the forces behind the eco-social destruction on the horizon?

Neima Adamo, Sergio Brito and Ester Uamba are post-graduate students of Environmental Education at the University Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo; Patrick Bond lives on the Bluff, directs CCS and writes extensively on water and climate; and Dimple Deonath is a Merebank resident, a Brutus Community Scholar at CCS and a leading member in Earthlife Africa and Zero Fossils Durban.

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