Cities at Risk Workshop: Africa

START and partners convened a four-day scoping workshop on “Cities at Risk: Africa” in March 2013 in Durban, South Africa. Attended by scientists, municipal representatives, and representatives of relevant African Universities and research centers, the event sought to assess the state of knowledge and capacity needs regarding vulnerability and risk in the urban sector, and to share knowledge, insights and experiences on pathways for effective climate change adaptation and resilience in African cities and urban systems. The following is a summary of the key messages of the workshop:

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  • More work needs to be done in bridging data, information and knowledge gaps in climate change impacts, vulnerability and exposure to these impacts in African cities. In many cities in Africa, even basic ‘MDG’ type data is not available.
  • There is a dire need for ‘climate translators’ – climate information and knowledge must be presented in terms that are accessible to urban planners as well as the broader public.
  • Good governance contributes to building resilience in urban areas by enabling effective and integrated action on climate change by all stakeholders.
  • Vulnerability of infrastructure and communities in many cities in Africa cannot be meaningfully tackled without addressing urban poverty.
  • There is a need to engage African cities in a sustained dialogue in low carbon growth through various initiatives, including the Durban Adaptation Charter.
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Last Updated on August 12th, 2013