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The Network for Industrially Contaminated Land in Africa in conjunction with the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) are proud to present


Empowering Sustainable Land Management for the Future

3 November 2021 - Professional Development
4-5 November 2021 - Virtual Conference

The sustainable remediation of contaminated sites continuously evolves in response to the ever-growing global environmental awareness driven by social pressure and resource scarcity. In the last decade more holistic concepts have been developed that consider sustainable land management and stewardship. In light of this rapid change and evolving challenges this conference will focus on the theme of empowering sustainable land management for the future.

Under the co-ordination of internationally acknowledged organisations such as NICOLE (Network for Industrially Contaminated Land in Europe), The Common Forum on Contaminated Land, CL:AIRE (Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments) and various SuRF (Sustainable Remediation Forum) chapters worldwide (now grouped under the International Sustainable Remediation Alliance, ISRA), the first SustRem Conference was held in Denmark in 2009, followed by further impactful events in Austria in 2012, Italy in 2014, Canada in 2016 and Brazil in 2018. SustRem2020 was due to be held in Cape Town South Africa but was postposed to 2021 as a result of COVID-19. SustRem2021 will be the 6th International Sustainable Remediation conference, and will be held VIRTUALLY for the first time, hosted by the Network for Industrially Contaminated Land in Africa.(NICOLA) .We hope that utilising a virtual platform will create unique opportunities for international collaboration across a number of time zones throughout the day of professional development and two days of conferencing.

SustRem2021 will be an opportunity to bring together experts from across Africa and around the world to broaden the horizons of sustainable remediation and land management. SustRem2021 aims to create collaboration opportunities for Africa’s unique contaminated land challenges, empower sustainable remediation practices and leave a transforming legacy.




International Sustainable Remediation Alliance

SUSTREM2021 Gold Sponsors:


Abstracts are still welcome for poster presentations for the following themes:

  • Opportunities to widen existing sustainable remediation frameworks to support broader sustainable land management and sustainable development
  • Remediation issues pivotal to achieving sustainable development for Africa
  • Socioeconomic and cultural dimensions of sustainable remediation
  • Governance challenges to achieve sustainable land management
  • The UN Sustainable Development Goals & sustainable remediation
  • Climate change, resilience and global challenges effecting remediation
  • Sustainability throughout the contaminated land life cycle (site investigation, risk assessment, remediation, performance and verification)
  • Setting sustainable remediation targets – when are we done?
  • Enablers for the next land use

All platform and poster presenters are required to pay the conference registration fees; no financial assistance from the conference organisers is available to support registration or other costs of attending the conference.

Please note that the organising committee may contact you to request a change to either an oral presentation or poster depending on the mix/volume of abstracts submitted. Abstracts deemed to be overtly commercial in tone will not be accepted.


Authors are invited to submit their poster abstracts using the online form. Authors will be required to provide the following information:

  • Contact information
  • Selected theme
  • Abstract Title
  • Presenting Author
  • Co-author information (if applicable)
  • Body of abstract (No more than 500 words)
  • Presenting Author Bio (No more than 200 words)


Deadline for platform abstracts: 16 April 2021

Deadline for poster abstracts:  31 July 2021

Confirmation of acceptance for platform presentations: week of 31 May 2021

Confirmation of acceptance for poster abstracts: week of 30 August 2021

Formatting requirements for posters and instructions for submission of final oral presentations to the organising committee will be communicated upon confirmation of acceptance.

Submit your poster abstract here

Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic the International Conference will be taking place VIRTUALLY.

Each day will be split into a number of sessions, spanning a number of time zones. All registered delegates will have access to recordings of the conference presentations for a period of 6 months through the SustRem2021 Conference website.

The SustRem2021 conference and associated events represent an excellent opportunity for delegates to progress their professional development, hearing about the latest developments in sustainable land management and remediation.

The conference represents a fantastic opportunity to capture ideas and ways of working which can be applied to your projects and generate value for your organisation. Our exhibition will showcase products, vendors and service providers with expertise on the African continent and beyond who can offer knowledgeable insights to support you on your projects and challenges.

To maximise the opportunities for our delegates we will be organising poster presentations and oral presentations as well as additional virtual networking opportunities.

Delegates attending both days of the conference will be eligible for 2 CPD credits

Download the final programme here

Pricing Information

Early Bird Registrations before 20 August

NICOLA Members, Regulators and Non-Profit OrganisationsNon-NICOLA MembersStudents
R2 500
(~€137 / $163)
R3 000
(~€164 / $195)
R1 000
(~€55 / $65)

GROUP COMPANY DISCOUNT (Registered NICOLA Company members only)


To take advantage of bulk ticket discounts please email


NICOLA Members, Regulators and Non-Profit OrganisationsNon-NICOLA MembersStudents
R3 000
(~€164 / $195)
R3 500
(~€191 / $228)
R1 000
(~€55 / $65)

*Any NICOLA paid-up company member(‘Type 1’ only: 3 members or more) qualify for a discounted amount of R10 000 for 5 registrations applicable to ANY person within that company member organisation.

*All invoices will be in ZAR, other currency amounts are indicative only.

Platform Presentation Abstract Deadline: 16 April 2021
Poster Presentation Abstract Deadline: 31 July 2021
Draft Programme Announced: 31 May 2021
Early Bird Registration deadline: 20 August 2021

Registration Terms & Conditions
1. Early Bird registrations must be fully paid for by 20 August 2021.
2. Registrations booked after cessation of the early bird registration period, are to be paid in full 30 days after the date of the invoice.
3. Registrations made less than 30 days before the event must be paid in full prior to the event start date.
4. There is no refund or credit given for non-attendance.
5. There is no refund or credit given where the event has to be cancelled due to force majeure.

Register now here

Key Dates

Platform Presentation Abstract Deadline: 16 April 2021

Poster Presentation Abstract Deadline: 31 July 2021

Draft Programme Announced: 31 May 2021

Early Bird Registration deadline: 20 August 2021

 Registration Terms & Conditions

  1. Early Bird registrations must be fully paid for by 20 August 2021.
  2. Registrations booked after cessation of the early bird registration period, are to be paid in full 30 days after the date of the invoice.
  3. Registrations made less than 30 days before the event must be paid in full prior to the event start date.
  4. There is no refund or credit given for non-attendance.
  5. There is no refund or credit given where the event has to be cancelled due to force majeure.

SustRem2021 is a unique opportunity for your organisation to raise its profile or showcase its services, products and capabilities to the African and International markets. The exhibition will provide the opportunities to be exposed to new potential clients, further develop your existing client relationships and create collaboration opportunities with peers, international experts and other professionals. The conference also creates a great opportunity for organisations to meet new and young talented aspiring environmentalists (check out our Kick-Starter Mentoring Event).

Sponsors and exhibitors at the conference are extremely important to ensure the success of the conference. We welcome early confirmation of your participation in our programme and look forward to supporting you to give you the right level of exposure and recognition.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Take advantage of this unique opportunity for your organisation to:

  • Raise its profile, getting brand exposure amongst your peers and stakeholders or direct to your target market.
  • Be exposed to new potential clients/stakeholders and further develop your existing relationships.
  • Showcase its services, products or capabilities to the African and International markets.
  • Create collaboration opportunities with peers, international experts and other professionals.
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*1 day only / **2 registrations included


  • In App dedicated location for delegates to find out more about your company and services.
  • Contains your email contact details so delegates can easily get in touch.
  • The exhibition space can accommodate:
    • A bio of your company;
    • Downloadable PDF documents outlining your services; and
    • An embedded video profiling products or services.
  • Included in Gold, Silver & Bronze sponsorship opportunities.


Advertise your company or product to a large audience of local and international professionals, realising fantastic exposure to a focused and appropriate audience

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  • Video format to be agreed in advance with NICOLA conference organising committee.
  • Poster to be provided in powerpoint slide format.
  • All advertisement materials to be provided to the organising committee by 01 Sept 2021.
  • Queries or questions on these opportunities to be directed to

Sponsorship/Advertising Registration

SUSTREM2021 Gold Sponsors

SUSTREM2021 Silver Sponsors

SUSTREM2021 Bronze Sponsors


NICOLA will be welcoming CL:AIRE & SuRF-UK to deliver a Sustainable Remediation Training Course as part of the SUSTREM2021 Conference.

This training will take place VIRTUALLY on 3 November 2021. The training is aimed at entry level or early-years professionals and those wishing to gain a fundamental understanding of the principles of Sustainable Remediation.

Completed courses will count towards 1 CPD point. Attendees will be provided with pre-read materials in advance of the course. The training course will last approximately 6 hours, combining some introductory talks (to re-cap the pre-read materials) and workshop style exercises to give attendees practical first-hand experience. The training will be delivered virtually.


Dr Alan Thomas

Dr Alan Thomas is a Technical Fellow with ERM based in Oxford UK where he leads the global remediation technical community. Alan has over 30 years international experience in the assessment & remediation of contaminated land. Alan is currently Co-Chair of SuRF UK and author of the CL:AIRE sustainable remediation e learning course.

Nicola Harries

Nicola Harries is a chartered geologist and chartered scientist and has 30 years’ experience within the environmental industry. She is a Project Director at CL:AIRE and has responsibility for managing a number of projects and initiatives including the Sustainable Remediation Forum UK (SuRF-UK) and SuRF – International.



  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Introduction Sustainable Remediation Recap of Pre Read & Principles

Practical Exercises

  • Introduction – Setting the Scene & Exercise 1: Boundaries & Indicators
  • What are the Remedial Options & Exercise 2: Qualitative Assessment
  • Undertaking the remediation & Exercise 3: Implementation
  • Changing Circumstances & Exercise 4: Revisit Appraisal

Summary Wrap up & Discussion


Ticket TypeCost
Standard registration – NICOLA membersR1,000
Standard registration - Non-membersR2,000
Students / NPOsR1,000



NICOLA in collaboration with NICOLE Latin America will be delivering a Sustainable Remediation Workshop focusing on multi-stakeholder sites as part of the SUSTREM2021 Conference.
This workshop will take place VIRTUALLY on 03 November 2021, 2-5pm. The workshop is aimed at experienced professionals with a grounding in Sustainable Remediation.


Session 1:
Learning from International Experience – the example of Jurubatuba, Sao Paulo, Brazil – Dr Olivier Maurer, NICOLE Latin America

Session 2:
Aligning stakeholders to solve complex contaminated sites – examples from South Africa
• Managing Multi-stakeholder projects involving the oil industry in South Africa – Fatima Shaik, SAPIA
• Remediation of Secondary Asbestos Contamination: The South African Perspective – Dr Ola Akinshipe, Mamadi & Co.

Session 3:
Discussion and Way Forward – Facilitated by Olivier Maurer


Dr Olivier Maurer

Dr. Olivier Maurer brings more than 30 years of experience in environmental science and engineering, servicing the industry solving complex and sensitive contaminated land projects. He started his career in 1986 as a reservoir geologist in Indonesia, studied during his PhD in Paris geochemical processes in deep natural gas aquifer storages for Gaz de France, moved to the Bay Area, California in 1994 as a remediation hydrogeologist for 3 years on a large US Corps of Engineers remediation project, moved back to France in 1996 to specialize in global environmental due diligence, started in 2000 and helped manage for 4 years a remediation team in France and Switzerland, relocated to Madrid to lead an environmental team in Spain and Portugal. In 2007 he started an environmental operation in France before moving in 2012 to Sao Paulo Brazil as Regional Technical Director to support operational growth, then relocated in 2014 to Washington DC as a Global Account Manager. He recently moved back to Lyon France as Client Executive and joined Golder. Dr. Maurer is highly respected by his peers with the industry, consulting firms, policy makers and academics, expert in building winning strategies, gaining the support from stakeholders and decision makers. He is also viewed as a strong team leader.

On a final note Dr. Maurer is very involved since 2008 with the Sustainable Remediation community, as former board member of NICOLE in Europe ( , co-leader of NICOLE’s Sustainable Remediation Work Group, and as a founder and board member of NICOLE Brasil, promoting state of the art sustainable and safe solutions with passion. He attended multiple conferences and helped among others the SUSTREM 2018 conference which took place in Sao Paulo late October 2018.

Fatima Shaik

Fatima has over 25 years experience in the fields of health, safety and environment. In the early part of her career she was involved in various elements of community health, safety and environment at the City of Johannesburg. The largest portion of her career was at Shell South Africa where she spent over 9.5 years. Her carreer commenced as an Environmental Advisor for Southern Africa. Thereafter she quickly moved up the ranks, to the positon of Country HSSE manager, broadening both her technical and leadership skills. She was involved the setting up of the Corporate HSSE structures, key strategic projects and projects to drive top-quartile HSSE performance.

Fatima joined SAPIA almost 6 years ago where she plays a key role in working with a range of internal and external stakeholders (Government, Business, International, etc.) in promoting HSSE within the sector; co-creating the countries HSSE legislative frameworks & industry initiatives.

Dr Ola Akinshipe

Ola is an environmental specialist with a multidisciplinary background in microbiology, chemical and environmental technology. His consulting and research experience are centred around quantification, modelling, assessment and management of environmental and climate change impacts; feasibility studies and strategy development for policy and decision making; as well as studies relating to natural resource conservation and chemicals and waste management.

Ola currently leads the project team that is developing the National Asbestos Management Strategy (NAMS) for South Africa. The aim of the NAMS is to ensure integrated sustainable management of asbestos and facilitate the abatement of risks from asbestos exposure to the environment and humans.

Ana Moeri

Ana Moeri is a sustainability expert with more than 10 years of experience in carbon markets, sustainable development/investment and protected areas. Ana is Master of Science (MSc) in Geography from the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Luciana Ferreira

Luciana Ferreira is an Environmental Engineer graduated from the University of São Paulo in 2018. Between 2014 and 2015, she participated in an academic exchange program in the United Kingdom, where she studied Earth and Environmental Science at Cardiff University. In 2017, she published the book “Energia Renovável no Brasil: Análise das Principais Fontes Energéticas Brasileiras” in partnership with Frederico F. Mauad and Tatiana C. G. Trindade. She was an intern at Jacobs for 1,5 years, where she worked mainly with remediation and monitoring of contaminated areas, environmental licensing and due diligence projects. She currently works at the Ekos Institute as secretary of the NICOLE Latin America Network.

Dr Sander Eskes

Dr. Sander Eskes has over 30 years of professional experience in environmental consulting and environmental management. As a consultant, he worked for a wide variety of industrial clients and public utility boards on contaminated site management, waste management and water & sanitation issues in North America, South America, Europe and Africa. As a Technical Director for major international consulting firms, Sander has managed several Environmental consulting and engineering practices in Brazil. Currently, he is the Remediation Lead for Latin America at Worley and he also leads the remediation group at the Ekos Brazil Institute in São Paulo.


Participation is free for registered conference delegates (limited to 50 delegates)

Register here now

In order to strive to achieve an overall net positive benefit from the conference we have chosen to promote a number of initiatives to enhance the sustainability of the conference.


To further support the improvement of employment capital NICOLA will be organising a Career Kick-Starter Mentoring programme. This programme will connect students/early years environmentalists to experienced individuals in the land management and remediation profession. The kick-off for the mentoring programme will take place virtually on 3 November 2021.

Interested individuals (both mentors and mentees) will be able to sign up for the Career kick starter mentoring programme during the conference registration process. Expected time commitment will be approximately 1 hour at the kick-off and one hour a month for a period of 6-12 months to be determined by the individuals involved. The objective of the programme is to support university students and early years environmental professionals on either entering the industry / navigating the industry and progressing their professional development and career.


University-level students, based in Africa, where invited to submit a scientific poster on a topic of their choice related to Sustainability and Sustainable Land Management. The authors of the winning posters have been provided with free registration to the SUSTREM2021 International Conference to provide them with exposure to a professional conference.

Our winners are:

Maluleka Kabaza

“The Remediation of Land Contaminated With Petroleum Hydrocarbons Released from Industrial Operations by In-Situ Bioremediation Processes“ – View Poster here.


Jamie-Leigh Abrahams

“Element Dilution Factors for Detecting AMD-Related Metal Contamination” – View Poster here.


Khathutshelo Netshiongolwe

“Precipitation of Ochres from Acid Mine Drainage Treatment: a computational and experimental approach” – View poster here.



Trees for All is an award-winning programme provided by Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) that sustainably plants trees in shared spaces for a healthier, greener environment. This successful initiative educates communities about the benefits of trees, while offsetting carbon emissions and transforming the surrounding environment. Trees for All plants and monitors fruit and indigenous trees at: schools; hospitals; parks; clinics; aged-homes and anywhere else people will benefit from, and look after, trees. Visibly enhancing environments and quality of life for all South Africans.

As part of the SUTREM2021 Conference NICOLA has sponsored three “Trees for All” events, planting a total of 90 trees.

Each registered delegate will receive a tree planting e-certificate after the conference. This is one way in which we hope the SUSTREM2021 conference will leave a lasting sustainability benefit in our local communities.

These events have taken place at the following locations:


Sustrem2021 has been planned as a virtual event. In doing so, there has already been a significant avoidance in carbon emissions as compared to if it was a physical event. However even as a virtual event, there are still carbon emissions incurred. Examples of which include the electricity usage for virtual meetings and attendees.

The emissions incurred during the planning and execution of the conference have been calculated and carbon credits have been purchased to exceed the emissions incurred. In doing so, NICOLA and Sustrem 2021 has supported two deserving carbon reduction projects in South Africa. This will be the first  climate positive event in the history of the series of SUSTREM International Conference and aligns with the core objective of enhancing the overall net benefit and sustainability of the conference.

View Certificate here.


Tracey Drew
SRK Consulting
Senior Environmental Scientists

Heidi Snyman
Associate, Remediation Technologies

Hayley Thomas
Senior Risk Management Specialist

Margaret Duddington
Principal Consultant

Prathna Benimadho Moodley
Country Portfolio Manager | Southern Africa | Remediation