The programme for the 3-day event included an interactive presentation of the 'Stepping Up to Sustainability' project. Valuable insights emerged during the session regarding the impacts the project was having which were not being monitored through the rigorous performance management plan. It was decided that in the 2013 Annual Plan a method to extrapolate data should be employed. The was a sense of excitement for what WESSA was learning through the implementation of the 'Stepping Up to Sustainability' project and USAID were extremely complementary of WESSA's willingness to learn and change, particularly for an organisation in its 86th year!
The second day began with a Climate Change workshop attended by current EETDP participants, current Environment Practices Level 2 participant, a DUCT team, and community members from Mpophomeni involved in a DUCT supported community environmental monitoring programme. Including the USAID and WESSA teams about 40 people attended the workshop. Everyone completed a 'Change choice Planning Tool' data collection sheet which requires each individual to select a simple change choice in stepping up to sustainability. The workshop ended with participants building a water filter, making fire bricks or turning compost! The whole group then explored the relationship between community environment monitoring and the local municipality in the Mpophomeni area and were entertained by a vibrant 'street theatre' group who provide animated lessons on sanitation practices. The day ended with a visit to the beautiful and conceptually rich Nelson Mandela capture site monument outside Howick.
The final day introduced the USAID team to some of the other national projects based at WESSA National Office - Share-Net, Eco-Schools and SADC.