Building local government resilience and community interaction

GLEN combines mutual learning in the Global North and Global South with inner-European exchange. European tandems from Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia as well as Germany form the project teams during a three-month internship in the Global South. They also visit three seminars together, where English is the working language. These experiences of peer-to-peer learning and a change of perspective are the foundation for GLEN participant’s Global Learning Activity.

Local governments play an increasingly critical role in climate change adaptation and mitigation. They are closer to communities and often more innovative than national authorities. Do you want to learn how a city is addressing environmental challenges? If you have a background in urban planning, environmental sciences or political sciences and communications, this project might be the right one for you! You should be open, proactive and possess good presentation skills. Experiences in urban environmentalism and in conducting social surveys are welcome.

The Department for Environmental Resource Management (ERM) in Cape Town, South Africa, was founded in 1997 to lead the implementation of environmental policies within the metropolitan area. Central strategies and programmes address biodiversity, energy and climate change, coastal zone management as well as environmental education and training. The ERM department comprises approximately 250 people and cooperates with many partners at local, national and international level. Twenty-four nature reserves within the municipal boundaries are managed by ERM staff. One of the current missions is to link these reserves to the livelihood of adjacent communities.

As a GLEN intern you will get to know the functioning of a local government institution and its strategies for tackling social and environmental issues. You will be involved in ongoing programmes, such as the sustainable city programme for resilience and community well-being, the cities climate partnership between Munich and Cape Town and the inclusive management of urban nature reserves. Desk studies, research, interviews and site visits will be part of your daily work. You will work closely with local interns and even have the opportunity to develop a project on your own.

The scheduled time period for the internship is three months between August and October 2017.

Trainings and seminars prior to the internship will be held in English.

The GLEN tandem will be formed by a Slovenian and an Irish participant.

Program component: GLEN Anglo

Language(s): English

Topic / area(s) of interest: Ecology/Environment, Media and Information, Urban Development, Culture, Sustainable Economy

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study: Social Services, Media/Communications services, Education/Teaching, Tourism

Field(s) of study: Geography, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences/Mathematics, Law, Tourism, Environmental sciences, Economy

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study: Urban Planning, Biodiversity Sciences, Political Sciences

Period of the internship: 3 months between August and October, possibility to extend until December

Country: South Africa

Number of Participants: 2

Proposed by: Stephen Granger, Environmental Business Manager

Classification of the internship in the development fields: 7 (Culture), 11 (Sustainable Economy), 12 (Urban development), 13 (Environment)

Number of the internship: 50004002-1120



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