Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality in collaboration with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Africa Secretariat are proud to host the Local Climate Solutions for Africa (LoCS4Africa) 2017 Congress and Interactive Expo Focusing on Water and Climate
The Local Climate Solutions for Africa (LoCS4Africa) Congress series provides a unique and accessible platform for local and sub-national authorities to connect with business and industry, investors, scientists, technical experts, development partners, national governments and civil society to share and consolidate their vision, build consensus and forge new innovative partnerships to accelerate local climate action in Africa.
LoCS4Africa 2017 will focus on water for cities and is scheduled to coincide with World Water Day (22 March). The Congress will connect Africa’s urban development challenges related to water and climate resilience with solutions and new opportunities for access to finance & technology, inclusivity through design and building more resilient urban communities. LoCS4Africa 2017 will provide a unique opportunity to connect Africa’s urban leaders with each other. It will also connect these leaders with development and investment agencies, the private sector and technical experts.
The Interactive Expo will provide a space for assessment and demonstration of tangible, innovative and pioneering solutions and tools designed to promote Integrated Urban Water Management within the context of a rapidly urbanising continent. The Interactive Expo will showcase water-smart and climate resilient innovation relevant to Africa and the Global South.
Why focus on Integrated Urban Water Management and climate change?
Despite significant advances in water and sanitation related sustainability under the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations showed that in 2015 at least 1.8 billion people globally used a source of drinking water that was faecally contaminated, and that water scarcity affects more than 40 per cent of the global population. These impacts are projected to rise and become increasingly acute under the influence of a changing climate.
Against this backdrop, urban water systems are particularly at risk due to rapid urbanisation rates and extreme weather patterns as climate change manifests itself through alterations in the water cycle. We will soon find ourselves in a situation where conventional urban water management will not be sufficient to sustain service delivery. Successful adaptation to the imminent effects of increasingly frequent and intense natural disasters will depend on implementing a demand driven integrated approach to the management of Africa’s finite water resources.
The LoCS4Africa 2017 Congress sessions, underpinned by the overarching theme of water for cities, will grapple with the issues discussed above by focusing on several strategic sub-themes, including inter alia:
- Integrated Urban Water Management
- Unlocking Finance
- Climate Resilience
- Integrated Urban Planning & Development
- Promoting Health in Cities
- Sustainable Sanitation
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