Councillor Zandile Gumede, Mayor of eThekwini Municipality, hosted a climate change knowledge exchange from 6 – 8th March for a delegation of mayors and city officials from the three Mozambican Cities of Quelimane, Pemba and Nacala. The exchange, funded by the Global Adaptation Network and organised by the Durban Adaptation Charter Secretariat (DAC) sought to build capacity and extend the deepening partnership between these four cities in order to advance climate change action in the region.
This second leg of the Exchange followed on from a successful first leg where eThekwini Municipality officials visited Pemba to discuss sea level rise, catchment management and climate governance issues. The focus of the return trip was community-oriented biodiversity planning and water governance approaches, Community Ecosystem-based Adaptation (CEBA), environmentally-sensitive solid waste management systems and renewable energy. At the conclusion of this exchange the cities agreed to cooperate on the development of a climate change funding proposal for submission to international funding organisations. Mayor de Araujo of Quelimane also extended an invite to Her Worship, Mayor Gumede to visit these Mozambican cities in support of the development of this proposal.
This was the eighth such exchange organised through the DAC Secretariat. The DAC emerged as an advocacy platform out of Durban’s hosting of the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) in 2011. During this time the Secretariat successfully lobbied for the inclusion of climate change adaptation within the Paris Agreement in December 2015. One of the DAC’s key principles for climate change adaptation is the development of partnerships across city regions, tiers of government and sectors for an integrated response to climate change. The DAC prioritises action to build resilience in the most vulnerable communities of the Global South through implementing CEBA interventions, amongst others.