Increased understanding and awareness of projected climate change risks enables local authority planners and decision-makers to encompass and integrate climate change into planning and development, thus improving resilience of local communities, services, infrastructures and economies. This paper describes the lessons learned in an ongoing project entitled “Sub-Saharan African Cities: A Five-City Network to Pioneer Climate Adaptation through Participatory Research and Local Action” which was initiated by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability - Africa (ICLEI-Africa) under the Climate Change Adaptation Africa (CCAA) program funded by International Development Research Council (IDRC) and Department for International Development (DFID).
The “Five City Network” project encouraged five local authorities, Cape Town (South Africa), Temeke (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania), Maputo (Mozambique), Walvis Bay (Namibia) and Port Louis (Mauritius), to focus on particularly vulnerable communities and their livelihoods, aiming to address the knowledge, resource, capacity and networking gaps by strengthening the ability to plan for, and adapt to, impacts associated with climate change.
Laros, M. Planning for Climate Resilience at the local level: A Tale of 5 African Cities. ICLEI &#8211; Local Governments for Sustainability - Africa, Cape Town, South Africa (2012) 24 pp. [Annex 42 from "Adaptation to Climate Change: Stakeholder engagement and understanding impacts - International Council for Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI)]