On the 3rd May 2017, Dr Sean O’Donoghue was invited to participate in a training workshop to stimulate innovative transdisciplinary research partnerships in developing cities of the Global South. The Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network (EPIC-N) training workshop was funded by the Global Adaptation Network (GAN), who supported the travel and attendance at the ICLEI Resilient Cities Congress 2017 thereafter of twenty research/ city official pairs.
Dr O’Donoghue then travelled on to St Paul, Minnesota for the US National Adaptation Forum from 9 – 11th May. His participation at the Forum was also funded by the Global Adaptation Network where a session on the three GAN-funded city to city knowledge exchange partnerships, was hosted by the GAN. Dr O’Donoghue presented on the Durban Adaptation Charter knowledge exchange visits between eThekwini Municipality (Durban), South Africa and the Mozambican cities of Pemba, Quelimane and Nacala From the 6th – 8th March 2017. The exchange visits, hosted by Pemba and Durban respectively, sought to build capacity and extend the partnership between these four cities in order to advance and coordinate climate change action in the region. As a direct outcome from the exchange visit, Pemba established a climate change directorate whilst Nacala committed to the Compact of Mayors. All participants have started engaging with their national accredited entity in a process to develop a Green Climate Fund project proposal. This proposal will be built upon areas of cooperation established during the visits using shared DAC principles for climate change implementation, through the establishment of city region Compact partnerships guided by innovative transdisciplinary research partnerships like the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network (EPIC-N).
The ICLEI Resilient Cities Congress 2017 YouTube video clip can be found at (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNJ3wrAq-u4)