KZN Cities and Towns to Tackle Climate Change Together

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11224311_1049529511732989_147733659823067683_nThe Central KwaZulu-Natal Climate Change Compact (CKZNCCC) was officially launched during the Local Climate Solutions for Africa (LoCS4Africa) Congress, which was co-hosted by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and eThekwini Municipality at the Nkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre recently.

The CKZNCCC is a partnership between the twelve local and district municipalities in Central KZN. It provides a platform for an integrated response to climate change and for members to engage and learn from each other and to access opportunities as a unit. By collaborating on their climate change response, Compact members are able to develop bankable adaptation projects with benefits that transcend each member’s municipal boundary.

Since its inception in January 2014, this Compact has met a total of six times, including a three day climate change learning exchange with the Durban Municipal Institute of Learning. Four Compact members have benefited from attending two fully-funded climate change adaptation training workshops in Bangladesh. Two Compact members received funding from CityLinks to attend ICLEI’s Resilient Cities Congress in Bonn in June. Engaging with the Compact has helped Ugu Municipality, establish their Air Quality and Climate Change function in the Municipality.

Launching the Compact, eThekwini Municipality Deputy Mayor, Cllr Nomvuzo Shabalala said, “Durban is looking forward to helping develop the KZNCCC by sharing expertise and working collaboratively on climate change adaptation projects.  As you know, climate change and disasters do not respect political boundaries. By working together, in partnership, it is my hope that vulnerability in our communities, and our ability to address climate change, will be substantially improved. Numerous partnerships with key organisations such as ICLEI, CityLinks, and the United States Agency for International Development, have helped globally advance the Durban Adaptation Charter (DAC) that was first signed in 2011 during the 17th Conference of the Parties on Climate Change.

“Through these partnerships we stand now on the cusp of a new phase in the implementation of the Durban Adaptation Charter’s Hub and Compact approach. We look forward to seeing the continent of Africa working together to overcome climate change challenges and to develop in a sustainable and equitable manner,” said Cllr Shabalala at the LoCS4Africa workshop.

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