Washington Adaptation Community Meeting

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Date(s) - September 17, 2015 -
September 18, 2015
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The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of International and Tribal Affairs, together with  the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and International City/County Management Association (ICMA) have invited eThekwini Municipality’s Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department’s (EPCPD) Deputy Head, Dr Debra Roberts, to deliver a presentation on Durban’s adaptation planning process and actions to date, as well as highlight the progress  of the Durban Adaptation Charter (DAC).

The DAC was a key outcome of the Durban Local Government Convention, held in parallel with Durban’s hosting of COP17/ CMP7, and commits all signatories to adhering to its ten principles for climate change adaptation at a local government level. Since the signing of the DAC, on the 4th December 2011, eThekwini Municipality has been working with a number of local and international partners to operationalize the DAC globally.

The EPCPD has been instrumental in building support for the DAC as well as managing its key stakeholders through a DAC Secretariat. To advance the implementation of the DAC, the Secretariat has been establishing partnerships between cities and networks across the globe. Global DAC partnerships/regional hubs have allowed for city to city learning exchanges which have guided the DAC Secretariat to the establishment of the Central KwaZulu-Natal Climate Change Compact (CKZNCCC) and developed a global model based on city partnerships for the implementation of climate change adaptation.

Dr. Debra Roberts’ presentation will form part of a discussion on the importance of peer learning, locally-driven adaptation solutions, and climate compacts. Susanne M. Torriente, the Assistant City Manager for Fort Lauderdale, Florida will also be presenting at this session. The session will be broadcast live and interested persons can join via an online webinar on Thursday, September 17th at 4:00- 5:30 pm (US Eastern Time Zone).

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