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Postponement: Minister Edna Molewa to host incoming CoP21 President, Mr Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development on Saturday, 30 May 2015

Please be advised that the above mentioned event has been postponed until further notice, due to unforeseen circumstances.

The Department of Environmental Affairs apologise for the inconvenience.

29 May 2015


The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa will on Saturday, 30 May 2015, host the incoming President of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP), Mr Laurent Fabius, who is the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, to engage with South Africa on climate change related matters as part of the build up to COP 21, to be held in France at the end of the year.

As part of the visit, Minister Fabius will be viewing the work South Africa has been doing to mitigate, adapt and respond to climate change, as part of South Africa’s national climate change response strategy.

The work that Minister Fabius will be viewing entails several projects including the Working for Wetlands Programme.

The Working for Wetlands programme gives effect to a range of policy objectives and also honours South Africa’s commitments under several international agreements, especially the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

The programme is mandated to protect and rehabilitate wetlands in a manner that maximises employment creation, supports small emerging business and transfers skills amongst vulnerable and marginalised groups, in line with the principles of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).  The programme has since 2004, invested over R765 Million in the rehabilitation of approximately 980 wetlands, sustaining more than 70 000 ha of wetland environment.

Minister Molewa will be showcasing an ecosystem-based climate change adaptation project as well as the Doorandjies project to the incoming.

COP21 President. The Doorandjies site, originally an unchanneled valley bottom, and now incised due to erosion, has been rehabilitated with a budget of R1 million rand, and is managed as a conservancy.  The objectives with this site are to stabilise active head-cut erosion and raise the water table in the channel.

Media are invited to attend a media briefing and  the site viewing of climate adaptation projects and the projects related to the Working for Wetlands Programme.

Media briefing details:

Date: Saturday, 30 May 2015

Address: National Department of Environmental Affairs, 473 Steve Biko Street (former Beatrix Street), corner of Soutpansberg, Arcadia, Pretoria

Time: 11:00

Site visit

Time:    Proceed to site visit after briefing


Doorandjies, GPS coordinates of location at 25°53'32.6"S 27°59'09.5"E -25.892379, 27.985975. Google maps -


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