locs at a glance

The biennial Local Climate Solutions for Africa (LOCS) Congress series aims to serve as a unique and accessible platform for local leaders to share and consolidate vision, build position and forge new and innovative partnerships to accelerate local climate action in Africa. It features plenary sessions, thematic sessions, and field trips, as well as the high-level segment, Urban Leadership for African Sustainability (ULAS)—bringing local governments and the private sector together to discuss prospects and challenges for a Green Urban Economy. Download

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

The focus this year is on finding local solutions to Africa’s rapidly growing urban water needs

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Download official announcement in English and in French.

Download the latest programme here (French version here).

Date:        22 – 24 March 2017

Venue:    The Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre, Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, Boksburg, South Africa


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.

There has never been a more critical time to address the issue of securing water and sanitation for Africa’s growing urban population.

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?

The African continent faces many sustainability challenges; but none more critical than the threat posed to the continent’s water resources, exacerbated  by climate change, burgeoning human populations, aging and inadequate infrastructure, lack of strong urban planning frameworks and uncertain economic development trajectories.

For the first time, African cities and their partners will gather together to seek collective solutions to this looming crisis, at ICLEI’s 4th pan-African Local Climate Solutions for Africa (LoCS4Africa) Congress in Ekurhuleni, South Africa.

The LoCS4Africa 2017 Congress will be solutions driven, bringing together the diversity of African cities and uniting them and their partners in a common mission to collectively take action towards addressing our most pressing urban water challenges, from flooding and drought, infrastructure, sanitation and associated quality of life and health challenges.

Delegates to LoCS4Africa 2017 gather under the theme “Water for Cities” from a diverse cross-section of stakeholders from pan-African cities and other local governments, academia, donor agencies, NGOs, the private sector, national governments and civil society.



  • Integrated Urban Water Management as Instrument for Innovation
  • Sustainable Sanitation Solutions for Africa’s Future Urban Generation
  • Driving Climate Action through Resilient Water Infrastructure
  • Urban Planning for Water Smart Cities
  • New Water and Climate Financing Options for Local Action
  • Resource, Reduce and Reuse – Securing Water NOW
  • Water for Healthy Cities


Partners in Action:

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ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability– Africa Secretariat

176x109xICLEI-Logo_high-resICLEI is the leading global network of over 1,500 cities, towns and regions committed to building  a sustainable future. By helping the ICLEI Network to become sustainable,  low-carbon, ecomobile, resilient, biodiverse, resource-efficient, healthy and happy, with a green economy and smart infrastructure, we impact over 20% of the global urban population.

ICLEI Africa, the regional office for ICLEI in Africa, is based in Cape Town, South Africa and collaborates closely with the global ICLEI network and other regional offices around the world, in sharing tools, materials, strategies and good practices specifically designed and implemented at the local level.

Visit the ICLEI Africa website for more



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The LoCS4 Africa Congress will host the AfriAlliance Conference, which serves as the inaugural launch of the AfriAlliance innovation alliance. The Conference and Congress will run in parallel. The AfriAlliance Conference consists of different types of interactive sessions. It will showcase African research, innovation, policy and capacity development initiatives that are looking for European partners and vice versa; it will present the AfriAlliance Action Groups and their areas of focus; and it will provide the opportunity to provide suggestions for further shaping AfriAlliance’s activities. AfriAlliance is a 5-year project funded by the European Commission aiming to facilitate the collaboration of African and European stakeholders in the areas of water and climate innovation, research, policy and capacity development.
Read more about the launch conference here.