“Resilient cities” - 2nd Roundtable on Climate resilience in East Africa
The second roundtable on climate resilience in East Africa was held on 2nd October at Makerere University, Kampala, as part of a series of discussions dedicated to examining the issue of climate change, ahead of the 2015 Paris climate conference (COP21).
The Executive Director of the Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA), Ms Jennifer Musisi, who was the guest of honour at this 2nd roundtable which coincided with the hosting in Kampala of the “Future of Cities Conference”, emphasized the importance of climate resilience on the political agenda. She affirmed that today, climate change poses serious challenges in the management of natural resources in ways that can no longer be ignored, adding that resilience to climate begins with individual actions. She also cited the different initiatives undertaken by KCCA to alleviate and attenuate climate change (use of solar energy for street lightings, reflections on energy-efficient public transport system etc.), and make Kampala a “green, clean and well planned city”.
While appreciating the ongoing partnership between KCCA and France (project in support of a low carbon strategy that is resilient to climate change, funded by ADF and FFEM), implemented with the technical support of ADETEF, the technical arm of the French Ministry of Finance, Jennifer Musisi, invited the panelists and participants to come up with practical solutions to develop resilient cities.
On her part, the Ambassador of France to Uganda, Mrs. Sophie Makame, highlighted some news on climate change from around the world, including the civil society’s mobilization within the framework of the World march for climate, from Melbourne in New York, through New Dehli, Paris and Vancouver, as well as the New York Summit on climate. She revealed that France has committed to contribute to the Green Fond for climate to the tune of 1 billion dollars, underscoring further its commitment to the fight against climate change.
The series of conferences, the last of which is scheduled for 7th November at Makerere University, aims at raising a common reflection among policy makers, academicians, researchers, remembers of the civil society and the private sector, in order to come up with best practices and recommendations ahead of COP21 which aims at reaching a consensus on a universal and binding agreement limiting global warming to below 2°C.
The panelists’ presentations :
- Building resilient cities - Tanzania, Titus Msoka
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- Supporting low carbon and climate resilient development strategy – Regional Project : Adetef-KCCA
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- Supporting Sub-Saharan African Municipalities with Sustainable Energy Transitions - David Mann
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- Conservation of Karura Forest Reserve and its role in providing environmental services to Nairobi city - Samuel Owuor
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- UHSNET - Promoting Eco-friendly Construction Techniques in Informal Settlements (PECTIS)
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- Green Bio Energy - Resilient cities
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