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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.
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.
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