Annual Urban Environmental Management Programme (UEMP) conference in Somerset West

15 May 2009

The annual Urban Environmental Management Programme (UEMP) conference will take place in Somerset West, Western Cape on 20 and 21 May 2009.

The two day conference features presentations and discussions on amongst others energy and climate change smart projects, waste management and air quality. The conference intends to enhance dialogue and collaborative efforts through reflection, sharing of experiences and facilitation of linkages and cooperation between the different projects implementers of the programme.

The UEMP, funded by Denmark, is a partnership between eleven government partner institutions of South Africa from all three spheres of government national, provincial as well as municipal.

The programme emphasises improved capacity of service delivery, strategic management and collaboration between the different spheres of government. The environmental focus is on air quality, sustainable energy management, environmental health, sustainable planning and waste management.

The UEMP started in 2006 and facilitates five year collaboration between the South African government partners and Denmark. It aims of to alleviate poverty through improved service delivery within the environmental management of urban areas.

UEMP partners include Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT), the Department of Health (DoH), KwaZulu-Natal province, Western Cape province, Gauteng province, Ekurhuleni, eThekwini, Cape Town Metros and Sedibeng District Municipality.

The conference will be opened by Ms Joanne Yawitch, Deputy Director-General of Environmental Quality and Protection at DEAT as well as UEMP Chairperson. Danish Ambassador, Dan Frederiksen will deliver the key note address.

For further information on the UEMP visit

Judith van der Merwe
Tel: 012 310 3309
Cell: 083 321 2617

Conference details:

Date: 20 to 21 May 2009
Time: 09h00 each day (Registration from 08h00)
Venue: Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West, Western Cape Corner Faure and Stellenbosch roads

Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2871

Roopa Singh
Cell: 082 225 3076