limate change to dominate environmental conference

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Cape Town - Climate change and energy will be among the top issues on the agenda of a two-day Urban Environmental Management Programme (UEMP) Conference.

The annual UEMP conference, which takes place in Cape Town on Wednesday, aims to alleviate poverty through improved service delivery within the environmental management of urban areas.

Funded by Denmark, the UEMP is a partnership between eleven government partner institutions of South Africa. These also include all three spheres of government, national, provincial and municipalities.

The programme was initiated in 2006 and facilitates a five-year collaboration between the South African government partners and Denmark.

UEMP partners include the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs and Department of Health.

The three provinces which are also partners of the UEMP are Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape provinces.

In the local sphere of government, the partners are Ekurhuleni, eThekwini and Cape Town Metropolitan Municipalities as well as the Sedibeng District Municipality.

Danish Ambassador, Dan Frederiksen is expected to deliver his key note address later today.