Listening to the scientists – what can the climate change community learn from the relationship between science and policy in the Covid-19 crisis?
The Covid-19 crisis has put a spotlight on the global health science community. Rapid requests for scientific evidence about the virus have spread and health scientists have become more publicly prominent. Advisory councils have been set up (such as in France and South Africa) and renowned scientists have directly advised governments (such as in the UK and Kenya).
In the journey that Maputo’s water takes from dam to tap, it travels through a supply chain that is managed by several different government departments and a for-profit public-private firms. This complicates day-to-day operational decisions around water service delivery.
New UN CC:Learn Affiliated Resources Support Scientists in Participating in the IPCC Assessment Processes
The new mini e-course on "How to Review IPCC Assessment Reports – Webinars and Guidance for Climate Experts", developed by Future Climate for Africa (FCFA), in collaboration with South-South-North and Climate Contact Consultancy, is the latest resource recognized by the UN CC:Learn affiliation programme.
The annual UN conference on climate change (COP25) held in Madrid in early December failed to raise the most needed climate ambition, despite running almost 44 hours, after its scheduled end. For the African group, "a no-deal was better than a bad deal for the continent," as observed by the incoming African Group of Negotiators (AGN) chair, Tanguy Gahouma of Gabon. "Either we have through this process, the funding and technology transfer or this process can continue for another year." Africa was attending the conference against a background of the continent experiencing extreme weather events. Themed "Time for Action" and attended by nearly 27,000 delegates, COP25 was expected to powerfully articulate the need for parties to raise ambition ahead of 2020 Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) enhancement.
FCFA sponsored a number of journalists to attend the African Climate Risks Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in October. Below, journalist Sophie Mbugua reflects on her experience.
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.
Welcome to the June 2019 edition of the Future Climate for Africa newsletter
Lusaka is one of Africa’s fastest growing cities, and urban densification and economic growth will call for more strategic planning of its water supply and infrastructure. The Zambian capital has enough water supply for the foreseeable future, however the growing demand for this resource from city users, the hydro-power scheme on the river which supplies Lusaka’s electricity, and the sugarcane industry upriver of the city, will call for greater cooperation between the city and various government departments that are responsible for these different sectors.
The provision of safely managed sanitation services for African cities was high on the agenda at the 7th Africa Water Week. 700 million Africans don’t have access to improved sanitation and massive a infrastructure gap and financing shortfall for the sector remains over Africa. FCFA hosted a discussion on the impacts of climate change on the provision of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure, particularly for growing informal settlements that characterise urbanisation across the continent.
Watch presentations and videos from our session on "Inclusive and sustainable urban water, sanitation and drainage services under climate change – lessons from African cities" at the 7th Africa Water Week.