Durban hosted a delegation led by mayors from two Mozambique cities to engage in a climate change adaptation knowledge sharing exchange visit that was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), from 18-22 May 2015.
The visit allowed for Durban and the two visiting Mozambique cities of Pemba and Quelimane to discuss urban adaptation planning as part of efforts to implement the Durban Adaptation Charter (DAC), which was the principle outcome of the Durban Local Government Convention, held during the COP17/ CMP7 climate negotiations in Durban in 2011.
Mayor James Nxumalo said that the five-day workshop allowed for both cities to discuss opportunities and challenges and highlighted their respective climate change programmes. “Durban has some of the best adaptation and mitigation projects and the visitors were keen to explore the tools and methodologies that have been used in Durban, with a particular focus on urban planning and knowledge on dealing with the impact of climate change on coastal cities.”
During a site visit to the City’s Energy Office, Pemba Municipality Mayor, Tagir Carimo said he was impressed with the bike-share project initiated by the City which encourages Municipal employees to use non-motorised transport, encouraging cycling around the City. “Mozambique is the unofficial bicycle capital of Africa and yet it is great to see the proactive methods adopted by eThekwini to reduce its carbon emissions by roping their staff into action. An idea that I will take back and hope to implement in my city,” said Carimo. While in Durban, Mayor Carimo signed the DAC and committed Pemba to its ten principles of best practice for climate change adaptation.