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50 Municipal Climate Partnerships by 2015
 
eThekwini Municipality’s Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department (EPCPD) in partnership with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), German Development Cooperation (GIZ), Global Engagement and the Municipal Institute of learning (MILE) hosted a networking  meeting for African municipalities participating in the “50 Municipal Climate Partnerships by 2015”initiative.
 
African municipalities from Tanzania, Ghana and Zanzibar attended the three-day event facilitated by MILE.
 
The official opening and welcome for the event was done by Cllr Ntshangase who expressed her support and passion for climate change initiatives.

During day one participants were given an opportunity to share the top five climate change adaptation challenges experienced within their respective municipalities. From this session the common issues that were highlighted included: Solid Waste Management, Heavy Rainfall, Droughts, Deforestation, Bio Diversity and Mobility.
 

Enlightening presentations were done by Derek Morgan from eThekwini’s Energy Office, Dr AJ Smit Dr Sean O'Donoghue and Geoff Tooley from eThekwini’s EPCPD, who shared eThekwini’s situation with regards to  climate change and the various projects done to contribute to mitigation and adaptation.
 
Officials spent day two of the event touring the various sites that depict
climate change adaptation and migration projects undertaken by the City, which included: a solar water heating project, a wetland rehabilitation project, as well as a stream cleaning project that is providing opportunities for job creation within the green economy.
 
 
In the afternoon after a tiring day filled with field trips, participants shared their key insights from the day. An official from Tanzania thought what a dread it would be to come back to a session at 3pm to talk about the field visits. To his surprise, the world cafe conversations method (where groups move from table to table) was really eye-opening, picked up the energy, got people to talk and the officials really learnt from the days experiences. He was so encouraged by this that he even wants to use the same method when he goes back home.
 
A detailed learning note from this event will be uploaded soon. 

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