Cities Matter: Capacity building in sub-Saharan African megacities for transformational climate change mitigation
As of: May 2021
Megacities in sub-Saharan Africa are severely affected by climate change and are submitting a large proportion of greenhouse gas emissions. The project supports technical capacity building for long-term climate action plans. Comprehensive approaches are also being developed to promote low-emission urban development and mechanisms are identified to improve the national and local integration of mitigation measures. The project employs an administrative, climate protection city advisor in each of the participating cities to integrate internal and external interest groups, facilitate as knowledge transfer to other cities. Instruments for greenhouse gas balancing and the management of monitoring, reporting and verification measures (MRV) are developed together with the cities. As part of the Corona Response Package the project identifies measures that create green jobs and contribute to low-carbon and resilient urban development These are then prioritised in the development of climate action plans.
State of implementation/results
- The project will be extended to integrate Green Recovery aspects into the climate action plans.
- Regional Coordinator and technical team in place supporting nine City Advisers in all funded cities.
- First Regional Academy and Project Launch held in Lagos, Nigeria, 15 May 2018
- Second Regional Academy held in Johannesburg, South Africa, 30 July – 1 August 2019
- 24 In-city capacity building workshops have been delivered to date in all partner cities. Workshops delivered capacity building on GHG inventories, emission scenario planning, climate action identification and prioritisation, climate action detailing and climate action implementation planning.
- Strategic appraisals on climate action completed for eight cities, and associated country reports completed.
- GPC compliant city wide GHG inventories completed in eight cities.
- Climate action for URBan sustainability (CURB) tool updated, more user-friendly version (known as the Pathways tool), and has been used for ambitious emissions reduction scenario planning in all partner cities.
- Climate Action Planning Framework and process guidance has been developed to support cities in developing their climate action plans that align with the Paris Agreement.
- Partner cities started to release their final climate action plans during 2020.
- Five partner cities (Accra, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Tshwane and Dakar) have finalised their climate action plans. Accra has officially endorsed its action plan in 2020; the remaining cities will endorse their action plans in 2021.