In 2005, Bioregional held the first One Planet workshop at the DBSA in Johannesburg, and a number of subsequent workshops were held for the City of Cape Town, Tongaat Hulett Developments in Durban, The Natural Step, South African Cities Network and Joburg Property Company.
From 2006 – 2010 Bioregional worked with Tongaat Hulett Developments, their consultants and eThekwini municipality to apply the 10 One Planet principles to the proposed Sibaya development north of Umhlanga in Durban, creating an overarching ‘one planet’ strategy for the entire 850 hectare site including 6,000 residential units, six hotels and commercial space by 2027.
Bioregional South Africa (BSA) was founded in 2009 and for the United Nations COP17-CMP7 in November/December 2011, had an exhibition for two weeks in the UN accredited exhibition area, where we talked to delegates about one planet living to help them see how to play a part in building sustainability. Together with the World Green Building Council we also hosted a side event on ‘Voices from South Africa: Energy Efficient Buildings and Communities for Sustainable Development’.
In 2012, BSA worked with housing developer Stedone Homes, their project team and East Coast Architects to design a One Planet demonstration home and exhibition centre at Izinga, on Umhlanga Ridge, Durban. Disappointingly the home did not reach build out. In September that same year a workshop was hosted by the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) School of Civil Engineering, with Bioregional as a partner, using the One Planet framework to influence the theme of infrastructure development. Dialogue continues with interested parties for a demonstration project in Durban, the mandate still being to establish a One Planet Community and exemplar in South Africa. Our overseas office and particularly Pooran Desai as Technical Head of the One Planet Communities Programme, continues to seek potential investment partners with overseas funders who may be willing to look at partnering on this.
For three years, in a nearby township to Sibaya and falling under the Equity and Local Economy principle of the Sibaya Action Plan, BSA was funded by eThekwini municipality to project manage an enterprise development initiative known as the Waterloo Entrepreneurial Development Programme, or WEDP. It has had many iterations, working with the New Economics Foundation and employing an enterprise development coach in the first two years, working with interns from UKZN’s Graduate School of Business and a business development consultant in 2014.The aim is to have benefitted 50 new or expanded local businesses, focusing on relevant constituent groupings such as food growers (working in partnership with Partner Farmers) and child care providers, to facilitate their growth as independent entities. Funding for the food growers of Waterloo for 2014/15 has been facilitated by the Foundation for Human Rights which is funded by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development and the European Union under the Sector Budget Support Programme – Access to Justice and the Promotion of Constitutional Rights.
Bioregional South Africa is an environmental Trust (Reg. No: IT1413/2008). It is registered as a Non-Profit organisation with the NPO Directorate of the Department of Social Development (Reg. No: 096-221-NPO) and also as a Public Benefit Organisation with the Tax Exemption Unit of SARS (Reg. No: 930029973).
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