2-Day Course – Environmental Management in the Urban Environment

The environment encompasses man, plants and animals and man can’t survive without plants and animals, as it is e.g. the bees that cross-pollinate flowers to produce agricultural crops. Many urban areas are growing at an unprecedented pace in terms of population, economy and spatial extent. This growth needs to be accommodated through the provision and maintenance of urban infrastructure that meets the need for services by both society and the economy. However, this process has traditionally led to urban environmental challenges associated with significant changes in land cover – from natural landscapes to built-up areas – at the expense of biodiversity and the environment.

Due to an increased urbanisation process taking place in South Africa, which is expected to continue, it is thus imperative that sterile urban environments are not created in the process. Unfortunately, environmental management (and infrastructure planning) in an urban environment has taken a backseat, as a result of the reactive processes of municipalities, developers, town planners and consultants.

This 2-day course, presented by Peter Teurlings, which will be held in Johannesburg on 26 and 27 July 2017, aims to inform local government officials involved in housing, town and infrastructure planning; town and regional planners; civil engineers involved in the built environment; environmental scientists and consultants, about the pending disasters if we don’t incorporate the following into the management of the urban environment:

  • Environmentally-friendly town planning (with case study of Cosmo City)
  • Urban biodiversity resilience and ecological services (with case study of the Moreleta Spruit)
  • Protecting urban biodiversity in urban environments (with case study of the Bronberg Critically Endangered Ecosystem)
  • The impact of climate change on the urban environment (with case study of the 2016 N3 flooding)
  • The challenge to divert commuters to use public transport (with case study of a railway system)
  • Urban gardens as alien vegetation seed banks (with case study of a garden in Pretoria)
  • Incorporation of environmental attributes in the urban environment (with case study of green infrastructure)

Book now for R 6 000 plus VAT, Early bird discount: Pay only R 5 000 plus VAT if booked before 30 June 2017. A certificate of attendance will be issued.

Venue: 562 Ontdekkers Road, Roodepoort, Johannesburg

To book email info@gesza.co.za or go to www.gondwanagroup.co.za

Course presented by Peter Teurlings on behalf of TMC .

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