Durban’s eThekwini Municipality recently hosted a Durban Adaptation Charter (DAC), regional hub knowledge sharing exchange visit between Dar es Salaam and Durban from the 4th to the 6th of August 2014. This exchange visit built on an earlier exchange visit by Durban delegates to Dar es Salaam in April this year. Nineteen of Dar es Salaam’s Councillors and technical officials spent three days engaging with eThekwini Municipality’s expert contributors via themed workshops and site visits. The exchange visit proved to be a productive engagement in knowledge sharing that will mutually benefit both cities’ officials in dealing with climate change issues. A third exchange visit is being planned for an eThekwini Municipal delegation to return to Dar es Salaam to follow up on implementation strategies discussed at the workshops. This will include a collaboration between the engineers of the two cities to improve Kinondoni Municipality’s management of its sea wall, as a response to sea level rise. The return visit will also include the first DAC East African Regional Workshop, where over 300 members of the Association of Local Authorities in Tanzania (ALAT), will be invited to participate. The aim of the regional workshop is to develop climate change capacity and understanding within members of ALAT, as well as to understand, from a regional perspective, the climate change challenges and adaptation needs of cities.
One of the major themes of discussion that emerged from the August workshops in Durban revolved around coastal management. As Durban and Dar es Salaam are both coastal cities, they share the same coastal challenges experienced due to climate change. Please visit the ICMA CityLinks website for further details on the coastal protection lessons learnt through this Durban – Dar es Salaam DAC regional hub knowledge sharing exchange visit.