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Building Inclusive Green Municipalities
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), in partnership with the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) received a contribution from Global Affairs to implement “The Building Inclusive Green Municipalities (BIGM)” programme for 51 months (4.3 years). The aim is to improve the capacity of South African municipal governments to support effective service delivery, inclusive local green economic growth and enhanced climate change mitigation and adaptation measures.

South African Local Government Association (SALGA) in partnership with Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is hosted its first asset management summit under the Building Inclusive Green Municipalities (BIGM) Project Funded by the Global Affairs Canada from the 4th to the 6Th of March 2020 at International Convention Centre, East London. The focus of the Summit was mapping municipal asset management whilst integrating climate change, with a strong emphasis on preparing for a digital future and laying the groundwork for successful transitions. The summit was addressed primarily for municipalities to engage with each other and their international partners and expects from Canada. 

Deshini Pillay, Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE)​, Programme Manager shared lessons learned from the EThekwini (Climate Action Plan) Cap and Learning Journey. Pillay shared a video highlighting the Durban climate change learning journey. The Durban CAP Learning Journey seeks to share knowledge, including challenges and lessons, to contribute to peer-to-peer learning across cities. The document details the experience of the eThekwini Municipality climate change team in developing its CAP, with the hope that the lesso​ns learned will be useful to other cities embarking on a similar process. It was produced in partnership with C40 Cities.

The partnership between SALGA and FCM is an important one and during the past two days information from the Canadian perspective and the South Africa context was shared. It was clear that the challenges were common but the methodology of tackling them was different. The ideal of strengthening this partnership remains crucial.   In the last three years of the project with pilot municipalities, immense progress was made. This is a further reason to extending the BIGM projects with other municipalities. This is an engagement for SALGA and FCM to consider going forward.  


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