DAC Compact Operationalization Training

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Date(s) - October 13, 2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Launched at COP17, the Durban Adaptation Charter has so far been signed by 329 city leaders representing 1069 local governments. Implementation is through the development of partnerships between adaptation-leading cities (called Hubs) across global regions. Hubs that share similar climate change challenges and adaptation approaches engage in exchange visits to share expertise and solutions. Surrounding each Hub are sub-national partnerships (called Compacts) of surrounding municipalities. The learning outcomes from Hub-to-Hub exchange visits, and the expertise and knowledge within the Hubs are shared with the Compact partnerships so that an integrated response is implemented at the scale of the Compact in each Compact.

The Hub and Compact approach allows for the sharing of knowledge and capacity across political boundaries. Within Compacts, bankable and fundable projects are proposed, advancing the regional climate change response. To facilitate this collaborative approach, plans are being proposed to establish Compacts around the major metropolitan cities of South Africa.

The first Durban Adaptation Charter (DAC) Southern African Regional Workshop will be convened under the auspices of ICLEI’s Local Climate Solutions for Africa Congress 2015 from 14 – 16th October. On the 13th, the DAC Secretariat is hosting a one day workshop to provide training for the operationalization of Compacts. This will be done by an architect of the first Compact, Ms Susanne Torriente from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

The DAC Secretariat would like to invite a senior individual from each South African metro municipality to attend this training. That participant will then be given the responsibility of establishing their own Compact surrounding their metro.

The Compact Training Session will take place in Durban, South Africa from 09h00-16h00 on the 13th of October 2015. This event is limited to 30 participants and is by invite only. Please email Sean.O’donoghue@durban.gov.za for more information.

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