The City of Dar es Salaam is hosting the Local Climate Solutions for Africa 2013 Congress (LOCS2013) in October to identify and showcase innovative solutions and opportunities to the challenges of rapid urbanization, and realistic responses to climate change at the local government level.
The Local Climate Solutions for Africa Congress aims to provide a unique opportunity for business, organisations and NGOs to engage directly with relevant African local leaders in the context of building urban climate resilience. Dar es Salaam City Council is inviting business and organisations to show their on-going commitment to urban sustainability in Africa by supporting this pan-African event.
“We are hosting this international event in partnership with ICLEI–Local Governments for Sustainability, the world’s leading association of cities and local governments dedicated to sustainable development. The aim of the event is to provide a platform for government, business, academics and NGOs to discuss, debate and find solutions to the challenges of rapid urbanization we are experiencing in Africa,” said Dar es Salaam City Council Spokesperson, Gaston Makwembe.
“We want to encourage African businesses to join us by getting involved and supporting this endeavour to move African cities towards climate resilience and a green urban economy,” said Makwembe.
As more than half of the world’s population now lives in cities and urban areas, which are rapidly urbanizing, there is increasing pressure on municipal services, urban infrastructure and natural systems which are closely linked to national economies and social well-being. Climate change is expected to exacerbate these issues and severely impact on security, access to water, energy security, and food security. The congress presents an opportunity to find innovative local climate solutions that can help Africa transition towards building resilient, climate-smart and sustainable communities.
LOCS2013 will provide a key opportunity to share global good practice and locally appropriate solutions and technologies towards accelerated climate action on the ground. There will be a strong emphasis on local leadership, financing and accelerated integrated action at the local and sub-national level, underpinned by a special focus on integrated planning towards addressing climate resilience in Africa.