In Windhoek, FRACTAL partners are contributing to resilient development through climate information water-related infrastructure planning and building climate change leadership for city representatives as well as informing and co-designing some sections of the Windhoek Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (CCSAP). Scientists have been working with stakeholders in the city to develop climate narratives and FRACTAL attended the CCSAP planning meeting in March 2018.
Three learning labs have been implemented in Windhoek. These each sparked parallel conversations and activities as well as promoting research and publications into water use and climate change.
The first of these labs resulted in research on integrating climate change information into long-term planning and design for critical water-related infrastructure in Windhoek and other African cities. This research was undertaken by Aurecon and partners at the University of Namibia and has recently been submitted as a journal article.
Another notable outcome of the third learning lab was a workshop on transformational climate change leadership for city representatives, which was requested by city stakeholders. This training event makes use of many FRACTAL outputs (e.g. the Adaptation Inspiration Booklet and the Spilling the Beans game). This event was convened through the Mayor’s office, which resulted in extensive media coverage including a clip on the national television news (interview with Professor John Mfune of the University of Namibia), as well as a radio interview on a Namibian radio station (National Broadcasting Corporation) with Olavi Makuti, a FRACTAL partner from the City of Windhoek.
You can read more about the process in Windhoek on the FRACTAL website here.