In 2007, the EU established a Strategic Partnership with South Africa. The strategic partnership has two main pillars:
The EU-SA Forum on Environment and Sustainable Development was set up in 2007 and has convened on three occasions (2007, 2011 and 2012). The forum is composed of a Senior Level Policy Dialogue on the environment and a Working Group on climate change, technical co-operation and capacity building. Themes for co-operation include: climate change, waste management, sustainable consumption and production, biodiversity, technical assistance, environmental governance, as well as North-South and multilateral cooperation.
Following the Rio+20 Conference, the green economy was added to the list of topics of mutual interest.
EU-South Africa Joint Cooperation Council reports on progress of environment cooperation
From 2014 onwards South Africa is eligible for support from the Partnership Instrument.