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RICS signs MoU with Green Building Council SA

May 31 2018 17:53

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Green Building Council SA (GBCSA) at the start of RICS Summit Africa 2018 in Johannesburg.

As smart urbanism and sustainability is the overall theme at this year’s summit, the MoU represents a commitment by both organisations to work closer together in promoting sustainable development in the built environment arena in Africa.

With rapid urbanisation in Africa and challenges around climate change, green building and developing more sustainable cities have gained momentum and more significance.

This is the fourth edition of RICS Summit Africa, which brings together leading speakers and professionals in the built environment sphere from business, government, academia and the NGO sector.

Speaking at the opening gala dinner of RICS Summit Africa, RICS president John Hughes (FRICS), said Africa was a continent of huge opportunities, boosted by its young population and immense natural resources. However, he said rapid urbanisation in Africa to cities and climate change presented major challenges.

“RICS can contribute to addressing some of these challenges… Collaboration is key, as we partner with organisations in Africa to contribute to the development of the built environment sector, and to smarter cities and sustainability. We signed a collaboration agreement with the GBCSA at the RICS Summit, which is part of our committed to Africa,” he said.

London-based RICS marks its milestone 150th anniversary this year. The GBCSA was established in 2007 with the purpose to inspire a built environment in which people and planet thrive.

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