FRACTAL: Future Resilience for African Cities and Lands

Project Timeline

1 Jul 15 - 30 Jun 19

Project Contact

Alice McClure Project Manager


City government officials and decision-makers are incapable to make climate-informed decisions due to lack of access to climate information that is timely, applicable, and defensible. One of the chief scientific challenges for understanding southern Africa’s climate is that different models give contradictory scenarios for climate trends in the next 5–40 years. The Future Resilience for African Cities and Lands (FRACTAL) team aim to contribute to an advanced understanding of scientific knowledge about climate processes, regional and local climate trends to improve understanding of southern Africa’s climate and work with decision-makers to integrate this scientific knowledge into climate-sensitive decisions at the city-regional scale (particularly decisions relating to water, energy and food with a lifetime of 5 to 40 years).

The project engages with scientists, engineers, government representatives and other stakeholders. Working together, the researchers and stakeholders are co-producing relevant knowledge that will support resilient development pathways and enable decision-makers to better integrate pertinent climate knowledge into their resource management decisions and urban development planning.

Organisations Involved

  • University of Cape Town
  • Met Office (UK)
  • Stockholm Environment Institute
  • ICLEI–Local Governments for Sustainability
  • Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute/ Sveriges Meteorologiska och Hydrologiska Institut
  • Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
  • University of Oxford
  • Aurecon
  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
  • US National Atmospheric and Space Administration
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • European Commission Joint Research Centre
  • City of Cape Town
  • City of eThekwini


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FRACTAL project breakfast meeting, Lusaka, Zambia

The breakfast meeting was the culmination of a three-day visit by FRACTAL members, which included a one-day training on climate science and the impacts of climate change on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in Lusaka, and a learning lab.


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Reflections from FRACTAL’s annual meeting

An overview of the key achievements of the FRACTAL Programme and a discussion around the central theme of water.

Partnerships and collaboration key to addressing water and sanitation challenges under climate change in Lusaka, Zambia

This blog details discussions around water and sanitation challenges under climate change in Zambia held during a recent FCFA FRACTAL project breakfast in Lusaka.