DAC FRACTAL-funded City-to-City exchange: Durban and Lusaka

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A DAC Regional Knowledge Sharing Exchange visit, funded by the Future Resilience for African Cities and Lands (FRACTAL) programme Small Opportunity Grant, was convened from 7 – 8th February in Durban, South Africa. A key focus of the learning exchange was how to address climate change through a Community Ecosystem based Adaptation (CEbA) approach. This included learning outcomes from two project site visits, including the Buffelsdraai Landfill Site Community Reforestation and Sihlanzimvelo projects. A key mechanism for the development of co-generated knowledge is the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities (EPIC) approach, which both cities are piloting in 2018. A number of documents were requested from the Durban team, including water and sanitation guidelines and research partnership agreements. The importance of working at a city region level through the establishment of climate change compacts was agreed, and Lusaka will investigate the feasibility of establishing its own climate change compact. Durban will pursue a water stewardship initiative within its Sihlanzimvelo stream management programme.

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