The 3,650 km coastline is increasingly becoming vulnerable to storm surges, coastal erosion, sea level rise and extreme weather events such as flooding, that may result in the loss of coastal infrastructure.
As a result, the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development and Tourism, Mike Mabuyakhulu in partnership with the national Department of Environmental Affairs and Ethekwini Municipality, will celebrate the Environmental Month at Durban Beachfront in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday June 20.
While World Environment Day is commemorated on June 5 annually, June has been declared as national environment month in South Africa.
This year’s theme is ‘International Year of Small Islands Developing States (SIDS)’ whose slogan is ‘raise your voice, not the sea level’.
World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 at the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment with the aim of becoming one of the main vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and to encourage positive environmental action.
KZN as a coastal province; has been indentified to host the celebrations.