Nairobi, 23 – 24 June 2020 – A two-day virtual inception workshop marked the official start of ‘Building Urban Climate Resilience in South Eastern Africa,’ and the 6th Executive Board Meeting of DiMSUR.
The project is funded by the Adaptation Fund and implemented by UN-Habitat alongside the four Governments, OXFAM, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and DiMSUR. Country and city level working groups were formed to facilitate the planning and implementation process.
The four-year USD 14 million project will strengthen urban resilience, promote disaster risk reduction and increase climate change adaptation in Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique and the Union of Comoros. The four countries of the project, with the facilitation of UN-Habitat (as the secretariat interim), joined forces in 2013 to establish DiMSUR.
The event, which attracted nearly 200 participants, was attended by the national and local governments of the four countries and project cities (Morondava, Zomba, Chokwe and Moroni), diplomats, international organizations, private sector, research institutions, United Nations agencies and the general public.
Speaking at the launch, Mikko Ollikainen, Manager of the Adaptation Fund Secretariat said: “Our support to vulnerable countries ranges across nine sectors including urban development and Disaster Risk Reduction which are areas where Southern African countries face significant challenges induced by rapid urbanization and recurrent natural hazards…By supporting national governments to create enabling conditions for scaling up and replicating the same climate resilience approach in other urban settlements, we have confidence in this project to create conditions for impacts beyond its 4 years term.”
Priority actions for the project will cut across regional, national and city levels and include preparation and implementation of sub-projects, development of tools and guideline for training delivery and inter-country sharing of experiences and lessons learnt.
The project will work with four cities, the four national governments and a regional institution to implement a mix of city-level resilient infrastructure projects, national-level capacity building, and a regional mechanism for learning and collaboration. It is anticipated that the project will directly benefit the lives and livelihoods of around 350,000 people in the four countries.
The 6th DiMSUR Executive Board Meeting, which was also the 1st Project Steering Committee, discussed the following summarized items:
- Adopted the Minutes of the 5th DiMSUR Executive Board Meeting
- Reviewed, discussed and provided substantive comments on the Terms of Reference for the Project Steering Committee
- Reviewed, discussed and provided substantive comments on the project governance framework and DiMSUR Secretariat recruitment plan
- Reviewed, discussed and developed the 2020-2021 work plans, implementation strategy and monitoring framework at the city level, national level and regional level
- Reviewed and discussed the COVID-19 related contingencies for project implementation
- Agreed to recruit an Executive Director of DiMSUR to help streamline knowledge management and learning experience between the four countries