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Science Forum: South Africa - 2015

The Science Forum: South Africa – 2015 will take place on 8 to 9 December at the CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa. The 2015 theme is: "Igniting conversations about science." The Science Forum: South Africa is inspired by events such as ESOF, AAAS, and the Japan Agora. The key objectives of the Forum are: to create a platform for a vibrant debate on the role of science, technology and innovation and society in South Africa; to strengthen South Africa’s strategic international science, technology and innovation partnerships and to create a platform for senior government leaders, academics, scientists, industry, civil society, and students to interact.

2nd Biodiversity Economy Indaba commits to greater inclusivity and equitable sharing of benefits

The CSIR participated in the 2nd Biodiversity Economy Indaba hosted by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) at the Durban International Convention Centre, from 5 to 7 November 2015. The Indaba was hosted under the theme 'Biodiversity is good for Business, Business is good for Biodiversity'. The Indaba, officially opened by the MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs in KwaZulu-Natal, Michael Mabuyakhulu on behalf of the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, sought to promote the sustainable use of South African indigenous biological resources for economic growth and sustainable development for the benefit of current and future generations.

Implementing an algae-based wastewater treatment system in a Limpopo community

The release of poorly treated wastewater into natural resources impacts on human health and the natural environment. According to the Green Drop Report 2012, several wastewater treatment works in the Limpopo Province are in high and critical risk positions.

Build up to UNFCCC COP 21

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations, due to take place in Paris, France, from 30 November to 11 December 2015, have evolved from the north-south divide, which will be a challenge to the negotiating process, as most negotiation groups are based on interest rather than political allegiance. Despite such an evolution, the African Group still negotiates as a political bloc, on the basis of a common position, which CSIR global change researcher head and lead negotiator of the African Group of Negotiators to the UNFCCC, Xolisa Ngwadla, is central in its crafting and negotiation. This is despite the fact that the diversity of African country interests is a microcosm of the global negotiation.

2015: the warmest year on record!

Various different research organisations and agencies, both local and international, have been consulted or have made pronouncements on the 2015 El Niño and its impact on southern Africa (especially in light of the current drought conditions) and this has made its way into the public domain through the media. These messages are often inconsistent and vary in their attribution of the current climate conditions in the region to the El Niño phenomenon.

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