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The Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development at Humboldt University Berlin and the Water, Environment and Climate Action (WECARE) Work-Stream of the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) hosted a webinar on “Religious Communities and Ecological Sustainability in Southern Africa." The webinar provided insights into ecological sustainability from a theological perspective as well as into the engagement of religious leaders and faith-based organisations. Expert inputs and interactive discussions featured e.g. water management, climate change, agriculture and eco-feminism.

On this site, you can watch the recording sessions in the webinar. Finally and above all, we would like to express our utmost appreciation for speakers, facilitators, partners and all the participants for the valuable exchange and expertise in this webinar.

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Welcome Notes



Philipp Öhlmann, Head of the Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin




Iyad Abumoghli, UN Environment Programme / PaRD WECARE Work-Stream Co-Lead 






Prof. Francois Engelbrecht, Professor at the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and Lead of the IPCC’s Special Report on the Global Warming of 1.5°C

“Restricting global warming under the Paris Agreement: benefits and the consequences of failure for Africa and the world”





Apostle Mangaliso Matshobane, Community Church, South Africa, University of Pretoria, South Africa

“Climate change and ecological sustainability – a religious leaders’ perspective”




Green Teaching and Learning Community (Green TLC)



Presentation of learning material on ecology for religious leaders in Southern Africa by the Green Teaching and Learning Community (Green TLC)


Dr. Tanya van Wyk



Working Group Sessions

Working Group 1

  • Eco-Theology with Dr. Loreen Maseno, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Religion, Theology and Philosophy, Maseno-University, Kenya 

Working Group 2

  • Eco-Feminism with Dr. Tanya van Wyk, Senior Lecturer in Spirituality, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Working Group 3

  • Local Multi-Faith Action with Kate Davies, Southern African Faith Communities Institute (SAFCEI), South Africa

Working Group 5

  • Sustainable Agriculture with Rev. Nicta Lubaale, Organization of African Instituted Churches, Kenya

Working Group 6

  • Preserving water from an Islamic perspective with Dr. Mohammad Gallant, Lecturer in Islamic Studies, University of Western Cape, South Africa and founder of the Environmental Affairs Department of the Muslim Judicial Council (SA)



Panel Discussion



"How can religious actors become active for ecological sustainability in their contexts?"

  • Rev. Rachel Mash, Environmental Coordinator at the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, member of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network steering committee
  • Dr. Robekkah Ritchie, Post-Doctoral Researcher in Buddhist Studies at Freie Universität Berlin
  • Tahirih Matthee, Bahá’i Community South Africa Apostle Siboniso Ngobese, Gilgal Bible Church, South Africa

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