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Improved Municipal Planning for African CiTies: For a climate resilient urban future (IMPACT)
Improved Municipal Planning in African CiTies – IMPACT − for a climate resilient urban future is a research collaboration between ICLEI Africa, Chinhoyi University of Technology, the University of Malawi and the African Climate & Development Initiative.
Improved Municipal Planning in African CiTies − IMPACT − for a climate resilient urban future is a three year project implemented in Zimbabwe and Malawi. The project aims to investigate how enhanced collaboration mechanisms can lead to better municipal planning in African cities that will enable climate resilient development. These mechanisms are processes and/or interventions that enable collaboration between diverse stakeholders, and often lead to decisions being made that can influence how the city is planned and development is implemented. Examples of collaboration mechanisms include multi-sectoral forums, conferences, community-led mapping, ward committees and think tanks. How can African cities implement collaboration mechanisms that enable Improved Municipal Planning in African CiTies (IMPACT) for climate resilient development? We are investigating:
What collaboration mechanisms exist already and what impact have these mechanisms had?
What are the barriers and enablers to the implementation and maintenance of these mechanisms?
In what ways and under what conditions will these mechanisms enable improved planning for climate resilient development?
The project requires a systems-thinking approach to investigate the intersection between urban transitions, climate change and developing urban resilience. Critical to this, is seeing cities as complex social-ecological systems that intricately connect humans and ecosystems through resource and service feedback loops. The methodology focuses on co-production, co-exploration and value creation to develop contextually appropriate responses. This requires engaging and collaborating with a range of stakeholders in different sectors of society and levels of government, within each project city.
The IMPACT project is currently being implemented in two cities in both Malawi and Zimbabwe. Both countries are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and both have a policy environment supportive of climate resilient development and collaborative governance.