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Urban Natural Assets for Africa

The project Urban Natural Assets for Africa (UNA Africa) facilitated and lead by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA) through SwedBio at Stockholm Resilience Centre, is a project under the global Urban Biosphere Initiative (URBIS). UNA Africa is designed to improve human well-being, contribute to poverty alleviation and build resilience of the urban poor, through building local government capacity to enhance local implementation of the Aichi Biodiversity targets to conserve and protect nature in cities in sub-Saharan Africa.

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ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA

PHASE 1:

This workshop was an interactive and open forum, aiming to build on and strengthen existing partnerships within urban biodiversity management in Addis Ababa, with ICLEI playing a mediating role in the process. As in other UNA Africa Phase 1 workshops, the objectives were to:

1.  Increase understanding of the value, importance, economic and social benefits of the sustainable management of natural assets and green infrastructure.

2.  Identify priority regional agendas around natural assets.

3. Determine the accessibility of required biodiversity information for decision making.

4. Strengthen the internal working relations within and between government departments (both vertically and horizontally), as well as between government departments and other important actors such as researchers, local NGOs and civil society representatives, regarding natural asset management. Achieved by opening up dialogue around this topic.

5. Identify capacity constraints regarding biodiversity management and identify desired biodiversity information/ tools/ resources.

6. Define the desired type of training to be provided at subsequent workshops.

The workshop, held on 7-8 May 2015, was organised and facilitated by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, with the support of project partners SANBI, the African Center for Cities, the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), with substantial input and support from Addis Ababa’s Mayoral Office and Environmental Protection Authority. The event brought together some of the primary role-players involved in conserving biodiversity and ecosystem services in Addis Ababa. The core partners used this workshop to outline and define the priority agendas around natural assets in the city region in order to inform the desired type of capacity building to be provided at subsequent workshops.

PHASE 2:

The tailor made thematic training focused on urban rivers and in particular centered around facilitating input for the planning of Addis Ababa’s rivers, specifically for the Bante-Yeketu, Kurtme and Kechene River Corridor Development Project. The workshop aimed to strengthen cross sector collaboration and coordination to deal with urban river rehabilitation and management in the future.

The objectives of the workshop were:

1. Capacity building and information sharing on the importance of the sustainable management of green/ blue infrastructure (biodiversity and rivers) for human well-being and urban resilience in Addis Ababa.

2. Gaining feedback and input on technical approaches and the planning process of the river rehabilitation project.

3. Strengthening cross-sector collaboration and coordination on how can we ‘fill the gaps’ and work better together.

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

The Source to Sea Think Tank aimed to bring together key actors currently part of the Zandriver Catchment Forum. These key actors include: NGOs, City of Cape Town departments, external organisations, and representatives of recreational users and local land owners. The ThinkTank, held on the 26th and 27th of March 2015, at Rondevlei Nature Reserve, aimed to bolster the work of role-players already involved in communication, education and public awareness campaigns with communities around the catchment and to increase the capacity for an integrated approach to catchment management. Through assisting with developing a targeted, innovative and community inspired campaign, the workshop aimed to contribute towards maximising recreational opportunities, enhancing people’s knowledge of eco-heritage, catalysing educational, eco-tourism and employment opportunities along the catchment and providing a platform for communication and support.

Hence, the Source to Sea Think Tank objectives include:

• Catalysing the implementation of some of the Source to Sea project’s objectives through an awareness campaign, which not only brands the Source to Sea river corridor, cementing it as a connected catchment in people’s minds, but also brings the biodiversity, ecological and recreational services of the area to life, showcasing them to the residents and neighbouring communities who may not understand all the benefits that the catchment provides, and the importance of sustainable management of the catchment.

• Identifying how and where to communicate the relevant information (i.e. infographics, social media campaigns, websites, newspapers, school/ community competitions etc.)

The key outcomes of the Source to Sea Think Tank include:

  1. Development of a website for the Source to Sea project, which can be visited via www.sourcetosea.org.za
  2. Development of a business plan to motivate for adoption of the project.

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA

PHASE 1:

This workshop was an interactive and open forum, aiming to build on and strengthen existing partnerships within urban biodiversity management in Tanzanian local governments. ICLEI and SANBI played a mediating role in the process.

As in other UNA Africa Phase 1 workshops, the objectives were to:

  1. Increase understanding of the value, importance, economic and social benefits of the sustainable management of natural assets and green infrastructure.
  2. Identify priority regional agendas around natural assets.
  3. Determine the accessibility of required biodiversity information for decision making.
  4. Strengthen the internal working relations within and between government departments (both vertically and horizontally), and between government departments and other important actors such as researchers, local NGOs and civil society representatives, regarding natural asset management, by opening up dialogue around this topic.
  5. Identify capacity constraints regarding biodiversity management and identify desired biodiversity information/ tools/ resources.
  6. Define the desired type of training to be provided at subsequent workshops.

The workshop, held on the 11th and 12th of February 2015, was organised and facilitated by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, with the support of project partners SANBI, the African Center for Cities, the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), with substantial input and support from Kinondoni City Council. The event brought together some of the primary role-players involved in conserving biodiversity and ecosystem services in Dar es Salaam. The core partners used this workshop to outline and define the priority agendas around natural assets in the city region in order to inform the desired type of capacity building to be provided at subsequent workshops. Kinondoni City Council was used as the focal point in certain discussions, but the event also engaged stakeholders from neighbouring municipalities (Temeke, Ilala and Dar es Salaam Municipal Council) in order to inform and meet broad city objectives and capacity needs across Dar es Salaam.

PHASE 2:

The tailor made thematic training focused on urban rivers and in particular waste management around river systems. It also aimed at helping strengthen cross sector collaboration by beginning the process of developing a coordinated framework to deal with urban rivers and environmental management in the future.

The objectives of the workshop were to:

1. Share information and build capacity on the importance of the sustainable management of urban green/ blue infrastructure (biodiversity and rivers) for human well-being and resilience in Dar es Salaam.

2. Map institutions and work on the ground (current projects, case studies) understanding who is doing what and where (waste management, restoration, rehabilitation, compliance, community education etc).

3. Strengthen cross-sector collaboration and coordination with steps towards a coordination strategy.

LILONGWE, MALAWI

PHASE 1:

As in other UNA Africa Phase 1 workshops, the objectives were to:

  1. Increase understanding of the value, importance, economic and social benefits of the sustainable management of natural assets and green infrastructure.
  2. Identify priority regional agendas around natural assets.
  3. Determine the accessibility of required biodiversity information for decision making.
  4. Strengthen the internal working relations within and between government departments (both vertically and horizontally), and between government departments and other important actors such as researchers, local NGOs and civil society representatives, regarding natural asset management, by opening up dialogue around this topic.
  5. Identify capacity constraints regarding biodiversity management and identify desired biodiversity information/ tools/ resources.
  6. Define the desired type of training to be provided at subsequent workshops.

The workshop, held on the 16th and 17th of December 2014, was organised and facilitated by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, with the support of project partners SANBI, the African Center for Cities, The Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), with substantial input and support from Lilongwe City Council. The event brought together some of the primary role-players involved in conserving biodiversity and ecosystem services in Malawi. The core partners used this workshop to outline and define the priority agendas around natural assets in the region in order to inform the desired type of capacity building to be provided at subsequent workshops. The City of Lilongwe was used as the focal point in certain discussions but the event engaged stakeholders from neighbouring cities (Zomba, Blantyre, Mzuzu) in order to inform and meet regional objectives and capacity needs. This workshop was an interactive and open forum, aiming to build on and strengthen existing partnerships within urban biodiversity management in Malawian local governments, with ICLEI, SANBI and the SRC playing a mediating role in the process.

PHASE 2:

The tailor made thematic training aimed to empower extension officers – that work directly with communities – with technical and practical information to effectively facilitate the compilation, implementation and monitoring of Village Level Action Plans (VLAPs) in Malawian villages within the Lilongwe River catchment. VLAPs fit into the overall strategy and process for catchment management planning as they provide guidance on physical activities that have an impact on, and improve catchment management at a grassroots level.

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