Cities Matter: Capacity building in sub-Saharan African megacities for transformational climate change mitigation - Internationale Climate Initiative (IKI)
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Cities Matter: Capacity building in sub-Saharan African megacities for transformational climate change mitigation

As of: August 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 project manager in South Africa coordinate regional project.
  • All nine C40 City Advisors have commenced work.
  • Regional C40 Climate Action Planning Africa Programme Workshop held in Lagos, Nigeria 15 May 2018 with large participation.
  • Second regional workshop held from 30 July to 1 August 2019 in Johannesburg.
  • Eleven workshops held in eight partner cities Nairobi, Johannesburg, Accra, Tshwane, Dakar, Cape Town, Dar es Salaam and Lagos, focus on training on greenhouse gas inventories, emission scenario planning, assessment of opportunities for transformative climate action in partner cities.
  • Strategic climate change assessments completed in eight cities.
  • Climate action for URBan sustainability (CURB) tool updated, more user-friendly version (Pathways) used for scenario planning in partner cities.
  • GPC compliant GHG inventories finalised in seven cities.
  • planning framework for climate change mitigation measures developed to support cities in developing climate change plans (1.5 degree target) in the sense of the Paris Agreement.

Project data

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

Implementing organisation:
C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Partner institution(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  12/2020



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