In 2018, the state of informal settlements in Namibia was considered a humanitarian crisis, and in 2019, following six years of drought, a state of emergency was declared. The situation is serious. Growth of informal settlements (between 7-11% per annum) coupled with exposure to climate-induced hazards (e.g. Drought, rising temperatures, falling dam levels, localized flash flooding), continues to erode basic infrastructure, public services, and ecosystems, while entrenching inequalities.
Humanity must change its relationship with the ocean, a shared global commons, to stave off a collapse of the world’s marine environment and resources, says a new paper, “A transition to sustainable ocean governance”, published in Nature Communications. The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Dr Philile Mbatha is a contributing author.
As a Research Coordinator for the Urban Ecolution project in Tanzania, I was given the opportunity to explore resident opinions and experiences in the peri-urban areas of Tanzania’s busiest city, Dar es Salaam. I had a special focus on Urban Green Infrastructure. Having grown up in Dar es Salaam, I have personally witnessed the rapid changes that have taken place in the city over the past two decades. In addition, as a resident of the city’s low-lying area of Kigogo which sits next the Msimbazi River valley, my family and I have sometimes encountered the challenges of floods and other climate-related hazards.