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capabilities and enthusiasm shown towards the work they do. Their enthusiasm is highlighted further during the running of this course, where promotion of river health and public involvement in fighting water related problems become an important focus. As mentioned above, the learners moved through two modules swiftly in the week, which makes for an intense and focussed learning environment as usually the modules are run some weeks apart. The first module focuses on environmental concepts such as ecology, natural resources, renewable and non-renewable resources and environmental degradation. Module 2 was more focused on the learner’s everyday work, and tools that can be used in their working context were introduced. These included tools to help monitor water quality such as pH tests, turbidity tests and Mini SASS; while transects and quadrats were also used in monitoring and reporting on alien and indigenous vegetation numbers and control. The learners were then introduced to the third module, which looks at environmental action projects; where the learners will be expected to plan and implement a small project in their workplace.

A field trip to the Shiyabazali township (Howick) showed clear evidence of the dumping of waste due to the lack of alternative disposal options, near where the water flows into the Umgeni River after being treated at the Umngeni Water Treatment works.

 

 

 

Participants used the turbidity tube and the mini sass to test the quality of the water in the stream.

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IMpendle Municipality Environmental Practices Training: 14 -16 July 2015

Environmental Practices Skills Programme NQF Level 2.  Unit Standard 116064:  Recognise and identify the basic functions of the ecological environment (4 Credits).  Understanding natural patterns for wise use of resources

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Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Region working with WESSA

Please see below publication from Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Region featuring the WESSA Enviro Eds training and material development. 

http://r.ca.d.mailin.fr/6dwyfwi9c7f.html

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