Cities Matter: Capacity building in sub-Saharan African megacities for transformational climate change mitigation
As of: September 2020
Objective and activities
Megacities in sub-Saharan Africa are severely affected by climate change and are responsible for a large proportion of greenhouse gas emissions; so far, however, the technical know-how to develop appropriate mitigation strategies has been lacking. The project supports technical capacity building for long-term climate action plans. Innovative, uniform and 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 knowledge transfer within the regions and ensure the sustainability of the project. Underpinned by existing examples in cities, instruments for greenhouse gas balancing and the management of monitoring, reporting and verification measures (MRV) are developed together with the cities in communal workshops. The project is part of the IKI Corona Response Package.
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.