ICLEI Africa News

New urban resilience partnership announced
A new urban resilience partnership was announced today at the final day of the World Urban Forum in Medellin, Colombia. ICLEI is among the nine key partners committing to build urban resilience worldwide. More.


Working together for integrated solutions
“Cities fighting climate change and mitigation are cities where people are sitting together (transport, businesses, buildings, governments) and working with each other towards finding solutions. You need to get out of your box and think ambitious targets,” said, Vice Mayor of Rotterdam and ICLEI Global Executive Committee Member, Alexandra van Huffelen. More.


Cape Town crowned Earth Hour Capital 2014!
On 27 March Cape Town was crowned as the winner of the Earth Hour City Challenge 2014, a competition developed by WWF and ICLEI to identify cities around the world playing their role in combating climate change.
Watch the video here!

The City of Cape Town’s progress towards sustainability is based on a participatory approach, which brings together local businesses, residents and NGOs. These stakeholders plan around and seek to address the many challenges the growing metro has to face. More.



The Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) has awarded Cape Town, South Africa the title Global Earth Hour Capital 2014. The city is recognized for its ambition and pioneering actions to combat climate change in its effort to bolster quality of life for its citizens. Cape Town succeeds last year’s winner Vancouver, Canada. More.


Earth Hour 2014 is almost here!
On 29 March across the world many will be celebrating Earth Hour, and Earth Hour South Africa is asking you to make a promise for this year's campaign theme, 'How do you Honour your Earth'. More.


cewas - Start your own Business in the Water Sector!
cewas is the international incubator for Start-Ups in water, sanitation and resource management based in Willisau (Switzerland). More.


Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality World Water Day Celebrations


World Water Day is an annual event that aims to raise awareness of water, a critical resource in our urban environments. To celebrate WWD we asked the cities in the European Commission funded ‘SURe Water 4 Africa: Developing LoCS’ project what they were doing to celebrate.

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in South Africa, an implementing city in the SURe Water4 Africa: Developing LoCS project and member of ICLEI Africa, has developed a suite of activities scheduled to take place during  March.  More.



What's your vision for your city? Short film from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

In this short film ICLEI Africa asked everyday citizens, as well as some delegates at the Local Climate Solutions for Africa Congress in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, what their hopes and dreams were for the city they call home... this is what they had to say. More.

Development planning – The Urban Nexus
The time has long since past when development of cities via silo and singular implementation outcomes was best-practice. More.


The ICLEI Global Town Hall, taking place from 7-11 April 2014, is the platform for city-business dialogues, bringing together local governments and businesses for five days of face-to-face conversation and information exchange.
Located in the middle of Metropolitan Solutions, the Global Town Hall Forum provides the main venue for public discussions and presentations, using innovative and proven formats. More.

Historic R255m to Combat Poaching, Conflict in Africa
The Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Nature Conservation Trust and SANParks Announce Historic R255 Million Commitment to Combat Poaching, Conflict in Africa. More.


The State of African Cities 2014: Re-imagining Sustainable Urban Transitions Radio spot
Date: Tuesday 13 March 2014 from 18:20 - 18:30.
Michael Avery will interview Marlene Laros who led in developing the report for ICLEI Africa. Download the podcast here.




People of Steve Tshwete vision a low emission future for their Municipality
Last week, workshop participants from Steve Tshwete mapped out four possible low-emission development futures for the area. This workshop was the first of two exciting scenario planning exercises designed to bring local people together around a common vision for sustainable, low-emission growth and prosperity in the region. More.

ICLEI Africa Membership Profiling

ICLEI Africa is pleased to announce Membership Profiling, our latest service to ICLEI members in Africa. Your member profile is your opportunity to showcase your municipality's innovative sustainability strategies, and we encourage all members to share their stories. More»


Member of the Month: April 2014

Savanne District Council, in the south of the Mauritius, is one of the most scenic and unspoilt parts of the island nation. This new ICLEI member is also a new Local Government – established when its parent body was subdivided in December 2012. More.

Past Members of the Month





LOCS 2013 a huge success!

The 1st of November saw the closing of the second Local Climate Solutions (LOCS) for Africa Congress in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with delegates adopting the Dar es Salaam Communiqué  by African Mayors and Subnational Leaders. Representatives proved their commitment to local climate action by signing the Mexico City pact and Durban Adaptation Charter. The event which was convened by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the City of Dar es Salaam saw over 400 delegates from 25 countries join to discuss local climate solutions and challenges to create a more sustainable continent. A full report will be made available next week. For more information on this event visit the official LOCS 2013 site here.

ICLEI Africa Members

We warmly welcome Kinondoni District Council in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as ICLEI Africa's newest member!

Previous new members:  

  • Mbombela Local Municipality, South Africa
  • Matsapha Town Council, Matsapha, Swaziland
  • Mushin Local Government Area, Lagos State, Nigeria
  • Savanne District Council, Mauritius
  • Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government AreaLagos State, Nigeria
  • KwaDukuza Municipality
  • City of Dakar, Senegal
  • Ondangwa Council, Namibia
  • Bafut Council, Cameroon
  • Amuwo-Odofin Local Government, Nigeria
  • ULGA (Uganda Local Governments Association)
  • Temeke Municipal Council, Tanzania
  • Kitwe, Zambia
  • Xai Xai in Mozambique
  • Kampala Capital City Authority, Uganda
  • Lilongwe, Malawi
  • South African Local Government Association (SALGA)
  • City Government of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Lagos State Government, Nigeria
  • Curepipe Municiple Council, Mauritius


For more information on becoming a member visit the membership page.

Should you like to become a member of ICLEI, please e-mail iclei-africa@iclei.org or phone Tel: +27 21 2020 381

Ban Ki moon at ICLEI's Global Town Hall during Rio+20. More»


World Urban Forum 7
5 - 11 April, 2014
Medellín, Colombia

African Utility Week 2014
13 – 14 May 2014
(focus days: 12 May, site visits: 15  May, Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)

Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security
15 - 17 May 2014
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Africa Water Week
26 - 31 may
Dakar, Senegal

About the ICLEI Africa Secretariat (ICLEI-AS)

Regional Office based in Cape Town, South Africa

ICLEI Africa, the regional office for ICLEI, based in Cape Town, South Africa, collaborates closely with our ICLEI network and other regional offices around the world in sharing tools, materials, strategies and good practices, specifically designed and implemented at local level. Regional Office contact details »



ICLEI AS is international home for ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center and LAB Project

Local Action for Biodiversity

The ICLEI Africa Secretariat in Cape Town, South Africa, houses the ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Centre, ICLEI’s global biodiversity ‘hub’. The Local Action for Biodiversity (LAB) Pioneer Project, which is a global urban biodiversity programme, is the Cities Biodiversity Centre’s flagship programme. Piloted in 2006, the initiative was developed and carried out with a select group of 21 local and regional authorities from around the world with the overarching aim of improving biodiversity management at the local level. The project forms the first step in the broader ICLEI Biodiversity Initiative and has since expanded and given rise to a number of ICLEI biodiversity initiatives and projects being run by the Cities Biodiversity Centre. Visit the Cities Biodiversity Centre website for more: www.iclei.org/biodiversity

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