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Open dialogue leads to better climate infrastructure planning in Harare, Zimbabwe

21 February 2020 // Cities, Water

Three years ago, the main water treatment plant for the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, received an injection of funding for a much-needed upgrade, as part of a ‘rapid results’ approach by national government. But if national government officials had sat down with Harare City Council engineers, who are more directly involved in the day-to-day operations of water delivery to city residents and industries, they would have found that it might have been better to first invest in upgrading the bulk-water pipe infrastructure before repairing the treatment plant itself.

Dealing a new deck of cards: game play to address climate change adaptation

31 January 2020 // Cities, Climate adaptation

SEI researchers working with southern African cities that are grappling with climate change adaptation planning devised a game to address gaps in understanding about related concepts and terminologies. The companion briefs presented here consist of an “explainer” that outlines the underlying premise, and a “how-to” guide that provides basic instructions to use and adapt the game. They are the first in a planned series of companion guides on serious games for climate adaptation decision making.

Learning Labs: creating collaborative ways to address climate change in African cities

15 January 2020 // Cities, Climate research, Water

Learning Labs bring diverse stakeholders together to spur new thinking about how to tackle the climate change adaptation issues emerging in urban Africaer

Newsletter November 2019

13 November 2019 // Agriculture, Cities, Climate adaptation, Climate information, Climate science, Knowledge creation and management

We are excited to share with you Future Climate for Africa's final newsletter for 2019 showcasing the recent work of FCFA in what has been a busy and productive last few months.

FCFA Early Career Researcher gets platinum level IPCC experience

11 November 2019 // Climate information, Climate research, Climate science

City-level officials and politicians inadvertently find themselves at the coal-face of responding to changing climatic conditions, as temperatures around the world continue to climb in response to rising carbon pollution in the atmosphere. It is therefore critical to provide these government officials and technocrats with reliable climate information that is easily digestible and can be integrated into their planning and policy making. Dr Izidine Pinto, a Mozambican climate scientist currently working with the Climate Systems and Analysis Group (CSAG) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa, has spent the past two years trying to do just that.

Co-production manual shows how Lusaka identified that water is its ‘burning’ climate issue

28 October 2019 // Cities, Climate information, Climate science

When climate researchers wanted to draw up accessible scientific information to support Lusaka’s city officials, so they can better plan their development responses to include future possible changes in the region’s climate, they decided on a novel approach.

Watch the recording: City Learning Labs for dialogue and decision making

14 October 2019 // Cities, Knowledge creation and management

This webinar provides an overview of the City Learning Lab approach as a collaborative method for framing climate-related problems and solutions. The concept of City Learning Labs is based on the principles of social learning labs: processes that engage a variety of stakeholders in finding solutions for a specific question or problem that they all perceive as relevant and urgent.

FRACTAL ‘Embedded’ researcher catalyses climate response in Durban, South Africa

13 September 2019 // Cities, Climate adaptation, Climate smart infrastructure

If an urban planner wants to design and build a city so that it can withstand sweltering temperatures during increasingly hot summer months, their first thought might be to use synthetic shade-cloth to create shelter. But if they look at this design problem in the context of climate change and the tools offered by nature itself, a better solution is to use trees to dampen the effects of heat islands in an otherwise built-up, cemented city-scape.

Watch this webinar: An Embedded Researcher approach to integrate climate information into decision-making in southern African cities

16 August 2019 // Cities, Climate information, Knowledge creation and management

Building the climate resilience of African cities fits squarely within the category of complex problems that may benefit from taking a transdisciplinary approach to co-producing actionable knowledge between multiple actors and disciplines.

Unpacking delivery challenges for urban water supply - Insights from Harare

12 August 2019 // Cities, Politics and Governance, Water

Water is the lifeblood for urban settlements. Disruptions in supply and/or wastewater management hold enormous risks, both for human health and economic wellbeing. It goes without say that the investment in bulk water infrastructure requires strategic and long-term perspective. However, in the southern African context, many city engineers responsible for urban infrastructure on the ground face a multiplicity of challenges that may frustrate their efforts to plan proactively.