Knowledge Sharing for Climate Change Adaption

Cities and Climate Adaptation in Africa

Cities and Climate Adaptation in Africa

Associated Organization: ICLEI

The African Secretariat of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability has recently launched a Climate Change adaptation project entitled “Sub-Saharan Cities: A five City Network to Pioneer Climate Adaptation through Participation Research and Local Action”. It is supported mainly by the Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (CCAA) research and capacity development program, which is a joint program of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, and the Department for International Development (DFID), U.K. In consultation with these development partners, ICLEI Africa has selected the following five cities in Southern Africa as key project beneficiaries:


                Cape Town – South Africa

                Walvis Bay - Namibia

                Maputo - Mozambique

                Dar es Salaam – Tanzania

                Port Louis - Mauritius


Project Background 

The project will address knowledge, resource capacity and networking gaps in the five selected sub-Saharan African cities over a three-year period, commencing in September 2009. The main aim of the project is to assist, equip and strengthen local authorities and cities in their ability to plan for, and adapt to, the threats and impacts associated with different variables related directly to climate change. We anticipate that this initiative will lead to a number of immediate and tangible results for each of the five participating cities during the initial phase.


Climate change is expected to have significant impacts on the physical, social, environmental and economic environments of cities in Africa. The threats posed by climate change include sea-level rise, variations in precipitation and rainfall patterns (which are projected to manifest themselves in the form of localised flooding and drought), increased wind speeds and incidences of cyclones, and increased temperature.


This project will focus on particularly vulnerable communities in each of the five cities and their livelihoods in different geographical, climatic and ecosystem zones. It will establish and/or add to Local Climate Adaptation Frameworks (LCAFs), taking into account relevant localised climate change impacts. Therefore each participating local government will take unique action during this process in order to assist with assessing and addressing their specific vulnerabilities to climate change.


For more information on the project download the summary report.


Should you require a brief overview of the project, download the following brochure in English and French.

For the Five-City Risk Assessment, download the following brochure in English and French.
ICLEI Adaptation Network Adaptation Solutions Brochure.


Themes: Crosscutting Issues, Energy, Poverty and vulnerability

Regions: East Africa, Southern Africa

Countries: Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania

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