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Cities Matter: Capacity building in sub-Saharan African megacities for transformational climate change mitigation

As of: February 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. One key element of this project is to employ an administrative, climate protection city advisor to integrate internal and external interest groups, facilitate as sustainable 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 acht 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 will start to release their final climate action plans during 2020.

Project data

Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania

Implementing organisation:
C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Political partner(s):
  • Accra Metropolitan Assembly (Department for Budget and Rating) - Ghana
  • Autonomous District of Abidjan (Directorate of legal affairs and international relations) - Ivory Coast
  • City of Cape Town (Energy and Climate Unit) - South Africa
  • City of Dakar (Department of Planning and Sustainable Development - DPDD) - Senegal
  • City of Johannesburg (Air Quality Climate Change & Energy) - South Africa
  • City of Tshwane (Sustainability Office and the Economic Development Department Mitigation Programmes) - South Africa
  • Dar Es Salam City Council (Public Relations and Protocol Unit) - Tanzania
  • Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) - South Africa
  • Division of Environment (Office of the Vice-President) - Tanzania
  • Environmental Protection Agency - Ghana
  • Federal Ministry of Environment - Nigeria
  • Lagos State Government
  • Ministry for Environment and Sustainable Development (MEDD) - Senegal
  • Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources - Kenya
  • Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development - Ivory Coast
  • Nairobi City County (Water, Energy, Forestry, Environment and Natural Resources) - Kenya

BMU grant:
3.665.375,00 €

03/2017  till  06/2021



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