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The LoCS4Africa 2017: Water & Climate Congress will focus on the following sub-themes:
Water for Cities
|Localizing Integrated Urban Water Management
Provision of water and sanitation services at the local level is pivotal to Africa’s urban future, given that African cities are growing exponentially, at a rate that is acknowledged as the highest in the world, second only to Asia. Existing water management systems cannot keep up with the demands that are expected to quadruple over the next 25 years. Concerted efforts are needed by decision-makers to find innovative design solutions to address the existing service delivery backlog, embrace the growing informal settlements whilst extending their infrastructure to address growth and new developments.
|Sustainable Sanitation Solutions for Africa’s Future
Provision of sustainable sanitation services needs to address the existing backlog in old infrastructure while simultaneously providing innovative services to cater for new urban residents, at the same time ensuring that vulnerable and urban poor communities receive access to improved sanitation services. Cities need to take the lead in reimagining the sanitation sector and transforming service provision in line with water security challenges and the projected impacts of climate change.
|Driving Local Climate Action
By 2045, the world’s urban population is expected to surpass six billion people, with much of this urban growth occurring in African cities. African cities therefore have much to lose and much to gain from understanding and planning for the impacts of climate change, which affect these urban populations in significant ways. Addressing the causes and impacts of climate change is essential in combating poverty and promoting water security in Africa.
|Urban Planning for Water Smart Cities
The rate of urbanisation on the African continent has led to a critical need to alter existing and unsustainable development trajectories in urban areas. In line with growing calls to reimagine urbanism on the African continent, new spatial urban configurations are beginning to emerge. These explicitly recognise that integration, economic growth and spatial transformation are key factors in ensuring sustainability of settlement and growth as hallmarks of African cities. Part of this process is ensuring that sustainable utilisation of water resources and sanitation systems is mainstreamed into urban planning and development processes at the local level.
|Accessing Water & Climate Financing for Cities
Africa’s percentage of GDP invested in infrastructure is half that of other urbanizing regions of the world. What this means is that Africa is essentially urbanizing when poor, and against the backdrop of rising urban populations, more acute climate change and water stress impacts. Addressing these challenges and building resilience and water security at local government and city level will therefore require greater commitment to critical infrastructure investment as well as investment in social services such as policing, urban planning and education.
|Resource Efficient & Resilient Cities
Cities are vast consumers of resources. This, however, presents an opportunity to re-engineer the way we view resources and utilize them to ensure sustained social and economic development. Conventional water thinking has emanated from water secure regions, where water scarcity and drought do not present the same challenges that they do in Africa.
|Water for Healthy Cities
The health and well-being of our urban communities is critical for social and economic development. Climate change impacts such as flooding and drought events often place increasing pressure on community health systems. This manifests through increased cases of illness because of water borne diseases, malnutrition and other adverse health impacts. What is needed is proactive, inclusive and integrated planning for the health sector in the context of the water, sanitation and climate nexus.