Start date: May 29, 2018

End date: May 31, 2018

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Location: DBSA Vulindlela Conference Centre, Midrand, Gauteng Province

In the face of changing climatic conditions, achieving water security and meeting our development goals is a complex societal challenge and requires creative, collaborative and coordinated approaches involving the public, private and civil society sectors. It also requires novel, innovative ways of doing business beyond traditional approaches that have demonstrated their limits.

Recognising and investing in Ecological Infrastructure is required as part of integrated responses to addressing water security challenges in South Africa. The National Indaba on Ecological Infrastructure will showcase the alignment of the concept and practice of investing in ecological infrastructure for water security across sectors.

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), in collaboration with its various partners, will be hosting a three-day National Indaba on Ecological Infrastructure for Water Security from 29 to 31 May 2018 at the Development Bank of Southern Africa’s Vulindlela Conference Centre in Midrand, Gauteng. Having hosted the first Ecological Infrastructure Dialogue in 2012, SANBI aims to draw from collective knowledge and capture the advances in thinking and experiences with integrating the ecological infrastructure approach into various sectors since the 2012 dialogue.

Theme for this Indaba: Investing in ecological infrastructure for water security towards South Africa’s national development agenda. 


  • Showcasing alignment of the concept and practice of ecological infrastructure across sectors.
  • Learning around the concept of ecological infrastructure and our practice of collaboration for socio-economic impact.
  • Sharing lessons between practitioners and researchers using the Catchment-based ecological infrastructure Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) platform.
  • Strengthening stakeholder commitment.
  • Launching the Biodiversity and Water Security Project.

Registration is from 8h30 – 10h00 every day. Tea and coffee will be available.

Important documents

Invitation to the Indaba
High Level Programme
Directions to DBSA Conference Centre, Midrand.

Matlhodi Mphaka

Dan’sile Cindi

Launch of the Ecological Infrastructure for Water Security project

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