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SDCEA and the Danmarks Naturfredningsforening (DN) embarked on a joint
Local Action Project
in 2001.

      The objectives of the project are:

DN will assist SDCEA by sharing its experience and supporting access to expertise drawn from the Danish resource base, in order to contribute to the development of the SDCEA knowledge base, to local awareness and understanding and to the achievement of the objectives. SDCEA will assist DN by sharing its experience and information on local environmental issues in South Durban, in order to contribute to the awareness and understanding of DN members and the Danish public and to the achievement of the objectives.


The co-operation is based on three Outputs.

Output 1

A participatory monitoring and action research study compares refinery practices and official regulatory regimes, including standards, in Denmark and South Durban.

The study is being launched in March 2003.

Download the study here:
1. Contents
2. Introduction and context
3. Refineries
4. Production
5. Comparison of refineries
6. Societal Regulation - part 1
7. Societal Regulation - part 2
8. Conclusion
9. Appendix 1
10. Appendix 2

The study focuses on:

The comparison will provide a snapshot for the year 2002. The findings will be relevant to advocacy by other refinery affected communities in Cape Town, Sasolburg and Secunda serviced by groundWork. The process aimed to develop participation & awareness in Denmark and Durban, as well as engage universities in community oriented work in South Durban. The study creates a solid basis for engagement with other stakeholders on the regulatory regime for the refinery sector.

Output 2

Three pollution maps of South Durban have been developed and are used as an educational, planning and advocacy resource. The maps support advocacy, public information and awareness (see communication strategy) and should help to identify the gaps in information, particularly relating to cumulative impacts, and in industry transparency.

The maps focus on these information sources:

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The aims of the mapping project are to give SDCEA greater authority in the eyes of government, industry and civil society stakeholders as well as with the public at local and national levels. The maps draw in schools and education institutions are contributing to local knowledge through knowledge shop research and school education packages. The community participates in monitoring air quality.

The maps are available from SDCEA in A1 or A2 size as a set of three or individually. Please contact to order.

Output 3

SDCEA activities are co-ordinated and a strategy for SDCEA´s organisational development is developed and implemented. It looks at SDCEA’s organisational form - that of an alliance and examines SDCEA’s relationships with external stakeholders including: industry, government authorities, local CBOs and NGOs, national NGOs, international NGOs, academic institutions. This Output aims to ensure that SDCEA builds productive relationships with govt, industry and institutional stakeholders, SDCEA identifies and addresses organisational opportunities and constraints, and shares learning with other communities.

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