The recent IPCC Climate Change and Land Report  lays out evidence of the need for urgent shifts in the global systems in light of climate change. This commentary reflects on Chapter 5, the Food Security chapter, from our perspective as researchers focused on urban food systems and non-communicable disease in Africa. (more…)
During National Water Week this week, the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) African Centre for Cities (ACC) released a new paper which warns that the Cape Town drought has powerful climate-change adaptation lessons for other South African municipalities. (more…)
Cape Town – Build systems and relationships of mutual accountability for effective water management between the spheres of government – this is one of the key lessons to be learnt from the near-crippling Cape Town drought. (more…)
African Centre for Cities (ACC) has released a new paper Unpacking the Cape Town Drought Lessons Learnt by Associate Professor Gina Ziervogel. The research was commissioned by the Cities Support Programme, within National Treasury in the South Africa National Government, to ensure that lessons learned from the Cape Town drought experience would serve to inform […]
African Centre for Cities (ACC) has released a new paper Unpacking the Cape Town Drought Lessons Learnt by Associate Professor Gina Ziervogel. The report was commissioned by the Cities Support Programme, within National Treasury in the South Africa National Government, to ensure that lessons learned from Cape Town drought experience would serve to inform other municipalities when […]
If SA subscribes to internationals standards on carbon offsetting, the country will miss out on developmental opportunities spotted by local organisations. Inequality is back in focus in SA following a damning World Bank report released in late 2018 and presidential commitment to economic inclusion at the launch of the “stimulus and recovery package” and at […]
Working at the interface of climate science, urban policy and practice: developing ideas of distillation and receptivity WHEN: 12 June 2018 TIME: 3:00 to 4:30 WHERE: Studio 3, Environmental and Geographical Science Building, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town The last seminar in the 4 part series on cities and climate change will focus on […]
Nate Millington will present a talk entitled Making sense of our water crisis: what can we learn from São Paulo? as part of our on-going series on Cities and Climate Change on 28 May 2018, at 15:00 to 16:30 in Studio 3, Environmental and Geographical Science Building, Upper Campus, UCT. Both Cape Town and São Paulo have […]
The second seminar in the Cities and Climate Change series will explore low carbon urban energy transitions in (mostly South) African cities, paying particular attention to the institutional dimensions of transforming energy systems to increase energy access and increase sustainability by reducing GHG emissions in growing cities. In the 20th century, grid electric power […]
Join ACC for ‘Cities and Climate Change’ a four-part academic seminar series.
The first seminar in the academic seminar series on Cities and Climate Change reflects on the recent international conference on cities and climate change, the first of its kind convened by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Through a panel discussion between representatives from the City of Cape Town, the African Centre for Cities, UCT’s Climate […]
A United Nations conference seeks urban sustainability. But the agenda will fail without input from researchers, warn Timon McPherson Sue Parnell, Aromar Revi and colleagues.
What does resilience mean – or what should it mean – in Cape Town’s urban water sector?
Anton Cartwright, Joanne Yawitch, Damane Hlalele, Jak Koseff and Christina Culwick recently participated in a panel discussion discussing some of the key themes covered in the “Better Growth, Better Cities: Rethinking and Redirecting Urbanisation in Africa” report…
We are proud to announce the publication of: Better Growth, Better Cities: Rethinking and Redirecting Urbanisation in Africa, by Anton Cartwright.
This short film captures the key messages and debates emerging from the first Southern Africa Adaptation Colloquium, held in November 2013 and co-hosted by Mistra Urban Futures Cape Town platform’s Climate Change Think Tank, a partnership within the Knowledge Transfer Programme. Members of the partnership include The University of Cape Town’s African Climate and Development […]
Climate change is reshaping our understanding of development pathways, bringing into stark relief how development choices impact us unequally and often in unintended or unforeseen ways as mediated through the environment or earth system. Writes Anna Taylor in this article for UrbanAfrica.net
As part of Mistra Urban Futures Cape Town‘s Knowledge Transfer Programme, and emerging out of the Climate Change Think Tank, a third round of city/university collaboration is currently underway. City officials who have undertaken climate change innovations in their sectors were invited to apply for two month practitioner fellowship at the University of Cape Town, hosted by the ACC. […]
How cities can best implement effective decision-making processes within the context of climate change adaptation and high levels of informality
‘Climate compatible development’ is gaining ground in international policy circles. What does this mean for African and other developing world cities?
This short video captures the key messages and debates emerging from the first Southern Africa Adaptation Colloquium, held in November 2013 and co-hosted by the African Centre for Cities’ Climate Change Think Tank
This paper describes the design and application of a benefit-cost model to the city of Durban’s (South Africa) climate change adaptation options. The approach addresses the inability to compile an accurate damage-cost function for economic prioritizations at the local level.
A speculative animated film featuring Anton Cartwright and the late Peet Duplooy imagines what path South Africa needs to take to become a successful and sustainable country by 2035. The video was prepared as part of the University of Cambridge’s Programme for Sustainability Leadership’s COP17 activities.