Urban development and climate change

Urban development and climate change : Lessons from the City of Cape Town

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The City of Cape Town (CoCT), a local municipality in the developing country of South Africa, is integrating climate change into its urban policy-making. This book presents initiatives across a range of municipal departments, from environmental resource management, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy management to spatial planning. It shows how these departments have shifted from `business as usual' and mainstreamed climate change in addressing their development and climate change mandates, and describes the challenges that were encountered in making these shifts.

The authors of this book believe that a new way of creating knowledge is needed, one which is socially embedded and involves non-academic actors in knowledge construction. To this end, municipal officials and academics worked collaboratively in a process of mutual learning to co-produce knowledge and co-write their chapters. This hybrid process, where practitioner experience is coupled with an academic perspective, has produced an `insider' view of urban development and climate change governance through the lens of theory.

The aim of the book is to present the City of Cape Town as a leader in climate change innovations and hence a model of sustainable urban transition for other cities of the Global South. The analysis of these innovations and the methodology used in producing this book provide `new' and original practice based knowledge for policy-making in the transition towards more sustainable cities in the face of climate change.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1775822176
  • 9781775822172

Table of contents

African urban development and climate change; An overview of urban development and climate change in Cape Town; Responding to Climate Change and Urban Development Through the Co-Production of Knowledge; Addressing climate change through social housing: Unpacking the possibilities and the challenge; Conservation planning for climate change in a rapidly developing city. The cases of the Cape Town Biodiversity Network False Bay Strandveld; Assessing the management effectiveness of the city of Cape Town's protected areas as a tool for climate change resilience; The Sea-Change of Coastal Risk Management in the City of Cape Town: Towards a New Paradigm of Collaborative Governance; Building energy efficiency in City of Cape Town operations: the role of the energy intermediary; Water demand management in Cape Town: managing water security in a changing climate; Reframing urban flood responses: Gravel platforms as a means to address emergency flood relief and climate change adaptation?; Managing stormwater and flood risk in a changing climate: charting urban adaptation pathways in Cape Town; Environmental fiscal reform: efforts at co-producing the transition to a climate resilient economy in Cape Town; The Dassenberg Coastal Catchment Partnership: Promoting Ecosystem-Based Adaptation and climate resilient protected areas expansion in Cape Town; Reflections on the co-production of knowledge for urban development and climate change.
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Author information

Mark New is Director of the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) at the University of Cape Town, and Professor of International Development at the University of East Anglia, UK.

Dianne Scott is Senior Researcher: Climate and Fractal Research Projects, at the African Centre of Cities, UCT, and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Helen Davies is Head of Environmental Policy and Strategy at the City of Cape Town.
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