The media are invited to attend the Chance2Sustain Seminar, which focuses on sustainability in fast growing cities in emerging economies. The issue is a critical one due to the rapid urbanisation that cities are facing.
 
The Municipality’s Imagine Durban project, the Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) have partnered to host this seminar which is an European Union(EU) funded research programme led, in South Africa, by UKZN’s School of Built Environment and Development Studies.
 
It explores to what extent states and citizens in Indian, South African, Brazilian and Peruvian cities, with different patterns of economic growth use mega-projects, housing and service provision, participatory spatial knowledge management and participatory budgeting to direct urban governance towards, or away from, more sustainable development.
 
The seminar will include a presentation of the final results of the EU project research from the ten cities across the world, including Durban and Cape Town, by the international EU team. The project has focused on five main areas of research:
 
• the role of meg-projects in shaping growth
• social movements and informal and low cost housing development
• water governance and climate change
• spatial knowledge production: the role of ITC and GIS
• participatory budgeting
 
These five areas of research have been integrated to provide an understanding of sustainability and resilience in the ten cities across four countries using comparative urban research theory and methods. This seminar is the first presentation of the integrated case study material from the ten cities across the five research themes.
 
Details are as follows:
 
Date: Friday 18 October 2013
 
Time: 08h00 – 10h30: Comparison of the ten cities across five themes: the integrated results
11h00 - 13h00: The main similarities and differences across the ten cities: Lessons for Durban
 
Venue: Durban Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre
 
 
 
For more information contact the Municipal Spokesperson, Mr Thabo Mofokeng, on 031 311 4820 or 082 731 7456 or e-mail thabo1.mofokeng@durban.gov.za
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Unit, contact Sohana Singh on 031 311 14805 or 083 3090 207or email sohana.singh@durban.gov.za