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SADC REEP at the World ESD Conference

Date Released: Tue, 4 November 2014 20:51 +0200

The Rhodes University ELRC are proud to be associated with the SADC Regional Environmental Education Programme, now in existence for Seventeen Years. This programme will be represented at the upcoming World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development.  It has been selected as one of five official exhibitions for Africa at the World Conference on ESD.  The Programme will also be involved in co-ordinating a workshop on ESD Policy, and in the Global Regional Centres of Expertise Pre-Conference, where a number of SADC RCEs will be present.  The Programme will also participate in the Post-Conference on ESD and Teacher Education, where the SADC ESD Teacher Education Network's activities will be presented. The Conference marks the end of the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development, and the launch of a new Global Action Plan for Education for Sustainable Development.  As shown below, the SADC REEP has achieved much in the past decade, and has been an active contributor to the UN DESD. 
The programme will be displaying some of its most recent publications: 
'Learning Today for Tomorrow: Sustainable Development Learning Processes in Sub-Saharan Africa ', by Justin Lupele and Heila Lotz-Sisitka (Click here to download right_column).  This book uses cases and literature review to provide an overview of environment and sustainability learning processes in Sub-Saharan Africa. It scopes what is known about these learning processes, and develops a conceptual framework for further research in this area. The report also proposes that environment and sustainability learning processes, when carefully considered, may contribute significantly to improvement of educational quality and relevance in Sub-Saharan Africa. 
'Re-Views on Social Learning Literature: A Monograph for Social Learning Researchers in Natural Resources Management and Environmental Education'. Edited by Heila Lotz-Sisitka, with foreword by Arjen E. Wals (Click here to download right_column). This monograph provides four different views on social learning literature. Rather than seeking to be comprehensive, the reviews provide views on the social learning literature, providing access to a wide body of literature(s) on social learning. This monograph should be useful for researchers interested in social learning in the fields of environmental education and natural resources management. 
'Future Capacity Building: Capacity Assessment for Environmental Policy Implementation'.  Mutizwa Mukute et al (Click here to download right_column).  This report presents the key findings, conclusions and recommendations of a study that was conducted to assess the capacities of the southern African Development Community (SADC) and its Member States (Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe) to implement international environment, sustainable development and education agreements.  The purpose of the report is to inform and increase the relevance, effectiveness and impact of capacity building for policy implementation. 
'Learning for a Sustainable Future: Fifteen Years of Swedish-SADC Co-operation in Environment and Sustainability Education'. (Click here to download right_column). This report on fifteen years of the programme's implementation captures the story and contents of the programme over this time.  The Southern African Development Community (SADC) leadership recognised the importance of environmental education in enabling cross-country co-operation for a sustainable future when they set up the SADC Regional Environmental Education Programme. Forming a partnership with Sweden in 1996/7 enabled the programme to flourish. The story told in this book is of the 15 year SADC-Sida partnership. It is also a story of the kinds of relationships and practices that need to be developed if humanity is to learn to build a sustainable future. 
AND … SOON TO BE RELEASED:  The SADC REEP have been collaborating with GIZ and Rhodes University to develop an innovative capacity building programme on 'Climate Change Adaptation in Transfrontier Conservation Areas in southern Africa'. This programme involves a course on climate change adaptation that is specifically designed for southern African transfronteir conservation areas. It includes four modules and workplace based assignment. It focusses on interpreting climate data and assessing climate risk and vulnerability, planning and implementing climate change adaptation strategies, using adaptive management approaches and expanding participation in climate change adaptation.  The course is designed for a range of stakeholders who seek to strengthen climate change adaptation and mitigation practices in conservation contexts. The course is practical, and is designed to actively facilitate workplace-based and community-based action and change.
To download the SADC REEP conference poster click SADC REEP at the World ESD Conference

Source:ELRC-Environmental Learning Research Centre