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.
This year’s United Nations climate conference (COP25) underway in Madrid has been overshadowed by social unrest. Chile’s President Sebastian Piñera withdrew from hosting the annual conference following a wave of public demonstrations over economic inequality in his country. Similar protests occurred across the globe throughout 2019, fuelled by public anger over inequality, corruption and economic challenges. The linkages between the world’s inequality and climate change crises have become increasingly visible, as the climate crisis is mainly a battle about redefining winners and losers. Britta Rennkamp explores what this means for African development.
Petra Holden and Alanna Rebelo detail how the Socio-Economic Benefits of investing in Ecological Infrastructure (SEBEI) project teamed up with the Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve to map invasive alien trees in the upper Berg-Breede catchments in 2019.
Amayaa Wijesinghe, a Master's student on the Urban Ecolution project, describes the work she did to understand the present and potential utility of ecosystem-based adaptation in Windhoek, particularly for the informal settlements in the Northern and Western part of the city.