Date(s) - March 20, 2017 -
March 26, 2017
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South Africa has experienced severe drought and extreme flood events in recent years, which is linked to the change in climate. Water is a critical natural resource that we depend on and World Water Day brings about an opportunity to advocate for the sustainable use of water from households, industries and other sectors.
World Water Day is celebrated annually on 22nd of March and was declared an international day by the United Nations General Assembly in 1992. World Water Week is now celebrated annually from 22-26 March and aims to highlight the value of water. This year’s theme focuses on wastewater. The United Nations Environment Programme will be celebrating World Water week with an international meeting at the Durban iNkhosi Albert Luthuli Conference Centre, and Durban’s Climate Protection Scientist will be presenting on the Palmiet Rehabilitation Project in the Wastewater and Environment session.
To increase dialogue and exchange of technical expertise during World Water Week, climate scientists from around the world will also gather in South Africa, Johannesburg from 22- 24 March 2017 for ICLEI Africa’s Local Climate Solutions for Africa (LoCS4Africa) 2017 Congress and Interactive Expo which will focus on water for cities. The DAC Secretariat will attend LoCS4Africa 2017 to learn and contribute towards discussions on restoring and preserving water resources. As the previous hosts of LoCS 2015, Durban’s Mayor Zandile Gumede, represented by Councillor Mondli Mthembu, will hand over the ceremonial baton of African climate change leadership to the Ekhuruleni Municipality.