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Towards resilient African cities: Shared challenges and opportunities towards the retention and maintenance of ecological infrastructure

Patrick O’Farrell, Pippin Anderson, Christina Culwick, Paul Currie, Jessica Kavonic, Alice McClure, Gertrude Ngenda, Eoin Sinnott, Nadia Sitas, Carla-Leanne Washbourne, Michelle Audouin, Ryan Blanchard, Benis Egoh, Julie Goodness, Ilse Kotzee, Tom Sanya, William Stafford & Gien Wong

The retention and maintenance of ecological infrastructure is recognized as an important element of sustainable, healthy cities. We explore the shared challenges and opportunities linked to ensuring that ecological infrastructure is incorporated into the existing and emerging African cities that…

Learning from climate change perceptions in southern African cities

Anna Steynor, Maximillian Leighton, Jessica Kavonic, Waarith Abrahams, Lapologang Magole, Suzgo Kaunda & Chipo Plaxedes Mubaya

Scholarly understanding of an individual’s climate change risk perception in the African context, is limited, including amongst those who have an influence on policy making. This discussion paper goes some way towards filling this gap in understanding by providing preliminary…

City to city learning and knowledge exchange for climate resilience in southern Africa

Mzime R. Ndebele-Murisa; Chipo P. Mubaya; Lulu Pretorius; Rudo Mamombe; Kornelia Iipinge; Wilma Nchito; John K. Mfune; Gilbert Siame; Brenda Mwalukanga

Southern African cities face several challenges including management of rapid urbanization, rising populations, expanding informal settlements; adequate water and other service provision, and a host of governance challenges. Climate change and variability add a compounding effect to this complex, multi…

The impact of RCM formulation and resolution on simulated precipitation in Africa

Minchao Wu, Grigory Nikulin, Erik Kjellström, Danijel Belušić, Colin Jones, and David Lindstedt

We investigate the impact of model formulation and horizontal resolution on the ability of Regional Climate Models (RCMs) to simulate precipitation in Africa. Two RCMs – SMHI-RCA4 and HCLIM38-ALADIN are utilized for downscaling the ERA-Interim reanalysis over Africa at four…

Working paper: An Embedded Researcher approach to integrate climate information into decision making in southern African cities: lessons from FRACTAL

Lulu Pretorius; Anna Taylor; Kornelia N Iipinge; Brenda Mwalukanga; Hecrálito Mucavele; Rudo Mamombe; Sandra Zenda; Alice McClure

There is often a disconnection or gap between scientific knowledge and the implementation of actions aimed at addressing related problems. This gap is especially evident in fields with complex interactions between a multitude of factors and actors, such as sustainability…

Think Piece: Exploring perspectives that underpin decisions for southern African urban development – Insights from Lusaka, Zambia

Brenda Mwalukanga, Chipampata Musonda, Wilma S. Nchito, and Gilbert Siame

This is a discussion piece on the preliminary findings of a research process and activity around the values and perceptions of decision-makers on the Kafue Bulk Project. The Kafue Bulk Water Infrastructure project was chosen because of its compelling relative…

Think Piece: Exploring perspectives that underpin decisions for southern African urban development – Insights from Blantyre, Malawi

Dereck Mamiwa, Tawina Mlowa, Bernard Thole, Burnett Mkandawire, and Kenneth Gondwe

This think piece presents the findings and results of a stakeholders’ think tank workshop for the Innovation Fund research project for Blantyre City: Exploring values and perspectives that underpin the development of African cities. It features stakeholder level of engagement…

Think Piece: Exploring perspectives that underpin decisions for southern African urban development - Insights from Harare, Zimbabwe

Chipo Plaxedes Mubaya, Rudo Mamombe, and Mzime Regina Ndebele-Murisa

The entry point into the discussion on exploring perspectives and underpinnings for decision-making in water related issues in the city of Harare is premised on the understanding that water is a central commodity, which is key for the development of…

What can we know about future precipitation in Africa? Robustness, significance and added value of projections from a large ensemble of regional climate models

Alessandro Dosio, Richard G. Jones, Christopher Jack, Christopher Lennard, Grigory Nikulin, and Bruce Hewitson

We employ a large ensemble of Regional Climate Models (RCMs) from the COordinated Regional-climate Downscaling EXperiment to explore two questions: (1) what can we know about the future precipitation characteristics over Africa? and (2) does this information differ from that…

Think piece: Exploring perspectives that underpin decisions for southern African urban development

Wilma Nchito, Brenda Mwalukanga, Chipampata Musonda, Bernard Thole, Burnet Mkandawire, Tawina Mlowa, Dereck Mamiwa, Chipo Plaxedes Mubaya, Rudo Mamombe, Natsai Kushata and Alice McClure

This think piece was developed as part of FRACTAL’s innovation fund programme. FRACTAL research has found decision spaces in rapidly growing urban centres of southern Africa to be very complex. Hence this project looked at real case studies in three…