With the recent wave of climate change-induced disasters wreaking havoc in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, a pivotal event is set to unfold. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) and the Council for the Built Environment (CBE) are joining forces to convene the much-anticipated Built Environment Climate Change Indaba. Slated to take place from August 31 to September 1, 2023, in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, this gathering of minds seeks to strategize and coordinate measures against the backdrop of escalating climate-related disasters.
The climatic shocks experienced by the region have left no room for complacency. The Built Environment Climate Change Indaba is a direct response to these challenges, aiming to bolster the preparation and implementation of preemptive actions against climate change-related disasters. Moreover, it’s intended to foster a unified response to the hardships faced by communities impacted by such calamities.
Central to the discourse is the realization that the built environment plays a pivotal role in mitigating the adverse effects of climate change. Under the theme, “Restoring Access-Rebuilding, Social-Cohesion and Healing of Communities through Social Infrastructure,” the conference serves as a rendezvous point for an array of stakeholders. The event aims to unite professionals hailing from various government departments, the private sector, as well as experts and seasoned researchers, all deeply immersed in the built environment domain.
The discussions are meticulously organized around several focal points that will guide the course of the Indaba:
|Policy, Regulations, Incentives, and Procurement Regime
|Consideration of emission reduction, climate change resilience, new technologies, and innovative design.
|Climate Change Education and Training
|Integration of climate change education into the built environment curriculum for future professionals.
|Inclusivity and Empowerment
|Ensuring marginalized communities are integral to the climate change discourse and decision-making.
|Indigenous Knowledge and Built Environment
|Incorporation of Indigenous Knowledge into practices, recognizing its role in tackling climate change.
|Sectoral Contribution to Climate Change Commission
|Exploring the built environment sector’s role in the Presidential Climate Change Commission (PCCC).
The significance of this event lies not just in its discussions, but in its potential to initiate concrete change. By nurturing a collaborative atmosphere, the Built Environment Climate Change Indaba aims to lay the groundwork for a resilient and sustainable future. It’s an opportunity to pool resources, insights, and experience from a diverse spectrum of stakeholders, all committed to safeguarding South Africa against climate-related adversities.
As KwaZulu-Natal stands witness to the impacts of climate change, the Built Environment Climate Change Indaba marks a determined step forward. It encapsulates a commitment to foresight, collaboration, and resilience-building in the face of environmental challenges. By fostering a comprehensive understanding and collective action, the Indaba heralds a future where South Africa’s built environment is robust, adaptable, and equipped to weather the storm of climate change.