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Durban’s Chance2Sustain
Over 100 academics and municipal officials attended the 3rd Built Environment Seminar Series, which focused on the European Union’s (EU) Chance2Sustain project, hosted by Imagine Durban in partnership with MILE and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), recently.

The Chance2Sustain Project is an initiative funded by the EU and is a four year project that has been in existence for the past two years. It is being led by UKZN’s School of Built Environment and Development Studies and investigates how governments and citizens in Indian, South African, Brazilian and Peruvian cities with differing patterns of economic growth make use of participatory spatial knowledge management to direct urban governance towards more sustainable development. Durban and Cape Town were identified as the only two cities in this international project.

The seminar included an informative presentation by Professor Isa Baud from University of Amsterdam who gave a clear indication of what the project entails and the current research gathered thus far. She addressed issues such as, the importance if a participatory approach in spatial planning, urban governance and encouraging public participation incorporating expert and local knowledge.

The Built Environment Seminar 3 provided a platform for officials and academics to engage around the emerging themes from the presentation by Prof. Baud, during the discussion session facilitated by UKZN lecturer Catherine Sutherland. Participants noted that, the South African legislation encourages the use of the participatory approach in local government, new methodologies of communication (“virtual platform”) have to be adopted and that partnering between officials and academics is essential in the realm of spatial planning in urban areas.

As local government there are opportunities for increasing adaptive capacity in the city, practitioners must embrace economic growth through mega-projects, environmental management and green growth, promote social engagement, produce and use spatial knowledge management, priorities must be reflected in spending budgets and flows are key elements in fostering new developments.

A detailed learning note will be uploaded onto the MILE website soon.

Prof. Isa Baud from the University of Amsterdam’s presentation on the Chance2Sustain project can be downloaded below:

Built Environment Seminar 3- Chance2Sustian Presentation.pdfBuilt Environment Seminar 3- Chance2Sustian Presentation.pdf

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