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Friday, 18 January 2008

ERC ready to take up environmental issues


The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) has launched its Environmental Resource Centre (ERC) at its Bellville campus.

The launch of the centre attracted many international guests. The event was attended by representatives of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Distant Learning and Information Sharing Tool, DLIST, as well as the Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi.

“It is my hope that this ERC will continue to strive to make education accessible through distance learning and that it (the ERC) will continue to spread knowledge about the environment,” Ms Mabudafhasi said.

The Environmental Resource Centre offers a selection of reports, journals and videos that will be able to assist students in their research. The centre focuses on the impact of environmental degradation on people, especially those living in rural areas as well as environmental degradation caused by human activities.

It also strives to harness available resources, information and networks to enable people to better look after the environments they live in as well as their resources.

Several projects are in progress including the development and delivery of environmental course modules and providing students with experiential training and academic opportunities in the environmental field.

The ERC also offers environmental research and consulting services and will act as a platform for outreach activities that will increase the stakeholder base in environmental issues, processes and decision-making.

The ERC has already developed a credit bearing introductory course in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development in Coastal Areas. The course is also offered on a distant learning basis and has attracted participants from as far as Tanzania.

The ERC is also collaborating with the Polytechnic of Namibia and two Danish Universities to develop a Cleaner Production Engineering course.

By Revona Kees

Written by CPUT News