Minister Edna Molewa to launch the Ecological Infrastructure for Water Security Project

29 May 2018

 

The Minister of Environmental Affairs Dr Edna Molewa will lead the launch of an $8.2 million (approximately R102 million) worth Ecological Infrastructure for Water Security project in Johannesburg on Thursday, 31 May 2018.

The launch will take place at the conclusion of a three day National Indaba on Ecological Infrastructure for Water Security.

The five year project which will start from 2018 to 2023 is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). It focuses on unlocking development finance to secure ecological infrastructure for water security in critical water catchments. The Department of Environmental Affairs is the national focal point for the project, the DBSA is the Project Implementing Agent for the GEF in South Africa and SANBI is the project executing agency. SANBI will partner and collaborate with several other national, provincial and catchment-based organisations in the execution of the project, including your department, the Water Research Commission and StatsSA.

The Ecological Infrastructure for Water Security Project officially began in Feb 2018 and will run for 5 years ending in 2023.

Water security is a growing national concern, given that both the Berg-Breede and the Greater uMngeni demonstration catchments are at their limits of water supply. The two catchments support South Africa’s largest cities, which are home to over 16 million people.

The project design is the result of extensive consultations at the national and catchment levels with key stakeholders. As such, the project is country-driven, consistent with and supportive of national development strategies and plans that relate to green growth.  It will also unlock the potential of ecosystems for water security, in a way that supports sustainable development and a more climate resilient economy, while creating significant number of long-term jobs.

In addition, the project is also geared towards to attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 6.3 which emphasises the need to “improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally.”

The National Development Plan states that the country needs to implement measures to protect South Africa’s natural resources including an environmental management framework in which developments that have serious environmental or social effects need to be offset by support for improvements in related areas and a target for the amount of land and oceans under protection.

Members of the media are invited to attend and cover the launch as per the details below:

Date: Thursday, 31 May 2018

Time: 10:00

Venue: Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), Vulindlela Auditorium, Headway Hill, 1258 Lever Road, Midrand

To RSVP, contact:

Ernest Mulibana
Cell: 082 263 7372 /
E-mail: EMulibana@environment.gov.za

For media queries contact

Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2871