Introduction to the Hub and Compact Approach
Since the signing of the DAC in 2011, eThekwini Municipality, as the Charter Secretariat, has driven the implementation of the DAC, which has resulted in the development of the Hub and Compact approach for implementation. The Hub and Compact approach essentially describes a network of networks engaging in collaborative climate change adaptation action. The development of the Hub and Compact approach started with the establishment of a partnership between two cities (hereafter referred to as Hubs) already advanced in dealing with climate change adaptation: Durban and Fort Lauderdale/ Broward County in Florida, USA. These two Hubs engaged in a series of city-to-city exchanges that enhanced peer-to-peer learning outcomes within areas of mutual adaptation interest.
Figure 1: Hub and Compact approach in implementing the DAC.
South East Florida Compact
The Southeast Florida Region consisting of Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Monroe counties (regional governments). In 2009, the four counties organised a Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit for the purpose of bringing to a regional forum the discussion of climate vulnerabilities and planning needs, as well as opportunities. Leadership from the different counties realised the similarities in the vulnerabilities they faced and recognised that coordinated and collective action in response to climate change would yield better outcomes which would in turn best serve the citizens of the region. This resulted in representatives from each of the four counties signing The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact and committing to take it back to their respective County Commissions for review and adoption. In January 2010, with joint adoption by the partner counties The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact was officially formed. The Compact commits the members to work collaboratively on climate mitigation and adaptation. The Case Study: The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change provides details on the compact, the SE Florida Compact documents provide further in formation activities of the Compact. For further information contact Susy Torriente on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Central KwaZulu-Natal Climate Change Compact (CKZNCCC)
The Central KwaZulu-Natal Climate Change Compact (CKZNCCC) was formed at an initial workshop on 28th February 2014. The CKZNCCC was established as a way forward to provide an on-going forum through which participating municipalities can cooperate on reducing climate change related vulnerability in KZN communities, through information sharing, building capacity amongst municipal staff, and collaboration on climate change adaptation projects. The Compact has developed a CKZNCCC Case Study document that captures the journey and achievements of the partnership. For more information on the CKZNCCC email Zama Khuzwayo at Zama.Khuzwayo@durban.gov.za.
Providing a platform for information sharing across political boundaries, with the aim of promoting a collaborative approach to dealing with climate change and to advance capacity-building amongst members is the core function of the CKZNCCC. In support of the plans to upscale the implementation of the compact model to beyond the Province of KwaZulu-Natal, the CKZNCCC has made the following resource documents and websites available for download and access.