Monday, 21 May 2018


Engaging the Legislature
to improve environmental governance

13th & 14th June 2018
20 Diakonia Avenue, Durban, 4001

Is your organisation committed to promoting a healthy and sustainable environment,
and to empowering communities in Kwa-Zulu Natal?
Or are you a media professional passionate about environmental justice
 who wants to do more to inform and give the public a voice on these issues?

Do you think the public has a role to play in promoting environment and climate friendly policies and laws that benefit all, and holding government accountable?

Then we would love to have you at this workshop!

Places are limited, so don’t miss your chance to apply.
.. and feel free to share with your networks!


'Action 24' is an initiative of South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA), Food and Trees for Africa (FTFA), the African Climate Reality Project (ACRP), South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), and Ekurhuleni Environmental Organisation (EEO), and co-funded by the European Union.

Action 24 aims to strengthen environmental governance and civic participation, in order to advance decarbonised sustainable and inclusive development in South Africa.

To achieve this, the project intends to build agency among civil society, media, youth and women groups to more effectively engage with the legislature (Parliament and the provincial legislatures) on laws and oversight, so as to achieve a healthier and safer environment, improved livelihoods and resilience to climate change.

Action 24 aims to foster more bottom-up, participatory decision-making processes on environmental issues, and encourage citizens to seek effective representation from the legislative institutions, using them to improve service delivery by the government.

Visit for more information on the project.                                                                                      


This is one of four provincial workshops organised under the Action 24 project. The aim is to empower local activists, organisations and local media houses with knowledge and skills on why and how to engage the Provincial Legislatures and Parliament on environmental issues.
Ultimately, it is expected that participants will in turn apply and encourage such participation within their constituencies. The workshop will also serve as a basis for further collaboration with and support to organisations willing to engage with the Legislature on environmental issues.

This workshop is intended for local activists, members of civil society organisations operating in the KwaZulu-Natal Province, as well as media professionals from local media houses (print, radio, TV).

Due to limited space, the organiser reserves the right to select participants who have applied to attend the workshop.
The participants will be selected based on their profile and motivation. The project seeks to bolster youth and women participation. Although not a requirement, applicants representing these constituencies will be prioritised.

Confirmed participants will be notified by 1 June 2018.


The workshop will last 2 days, and will cover three topics:

  • Public engagement with the Legislature.
This session will be dedicated to reviewing the legislatures’ mandates, the constitutional provisions as well as processes and mechanisms for public participation.

  • Environmental issues.
This session will focus on climate and environmental literacy, exploring key environmental challenges in the province and possible responses, as well as reviewing relevant environmental policies and legislation on a provincial and national level.
Using a participatory and interactive approach, we will seek to contextualise by looking at local case studies and issues, as well as KZN’s climate change response plan. From there, the participants will be invited to consider how civil society and the media can engage on monitoring progress and government action (oversight), as well as influencing decisions in that sector through the Legislature.

  • Budget monitoring through the Legislature.
This short session will focus on general public budget principles, the budget cycle (drafting, enactment, implementation, review) and practical examples of how CSOs – and citizens in general – can engage in influencing budget formulation and monitoring government expenditures and public service delivery through the Legislature.

The detailed programme will be made available shortly to interested parties and on


Applications for interested organisations to attend the workshop will close on 25 May 2018.

-     The organiser will make lodging (full board) available for participants residing outside Durban. Requests for lodging must be made when applying.
-     All dietary requirements will be taken into consideration.

Flat rate transport allowances will be made available to the participants, based on the distance travelled to attend the workshop.


This workshop is organised by South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA).

Question? Please contact Shanice Firmin for the workshop at with 'Action 24 Workshop KZN’ as your subject line, or call 031 461 1991.

Also visit  for more information on the project.

Please download the application form from the link below:

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