FRACTAL

Future Resilience for African Cities and Lands (FRACTAL) is a 4 year project coordinated by the Climate Systems Analysis Group at the University of Cape Town. The aim of the FRACTAL project is to advance scientific knowledge about regional climate responses to human activities (such as burning fossil fuels, changing land surface cover, etc.) and work with decision makers to integrate this scientific knowledge into climate-sensitive decisions at the city-regional scale (particularly decisions relating to water, energy and food with a lifetime of 5 to 40 years). FRACTAL is designed to work across disciplines within the scientific community and foster strong collaboration between researchers, city government officials and other key decision makers in southern Africa.

 

The FRACTAL project started on the 1st of April 2015 and is funded by Future Climate for Africa. The primary aim of advancing scientific knowledge on the regional response to global climate change is done by bridging the divide between research and decision-making at the city-region scale. The project will run until the 31st of March 2019. Thus far, the project has successfully developed reports on the main challenges and vulnerabilities related to a) climate change, b) water and storm water, c) energy and d) food security in the respective targeted cities.

 

The project objectives include:

a) Understanding the climate processes which drive the African climate system's variability. Thereafter, we can understand the response to global change in history and climate model simulations;
b) Distil defensible, scale-relevant climate information, informed by and tailored to urban decision making and risk management within their regional dependencies;
c) Use pilot studies to enhance our understanding of co-exploration processes with urban partners to integrate climate messages within real-world decisions, and strengthen development pathways to resilience.

 

Visit the FRACTAL website here.

FRACTAL research consortium members:

  • University of Cape Town: Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG), African Climate & Development Initiative (ACDI) and African Centre for Cities (ACC)
  • Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) Oxford
  • Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
  • ICLEI- Local Government for Sustainability -Africa
  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
  • START
  • Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI)
  • Met. Office Hadley Centre
  • Aurecon
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • European Commission (EC) Joint Research Centre

FRACTAL city partners:

  • University of Zambia
  • Lusaka City Council
  • University of Namibia
  • City of Windhoek
  • Eduardo Mondlane University
  • Maputo Municipal Council
  • City of Cape Town
  • University of KwaZulu Natal
  • eThekwini Municipality
  • Chinhoyi University of Technology
  • University of Botswana
  • Malawi Polytechnic
 

Who is involved?

  • Maputo (Mozambique) is one of the Tier 1 cities in which FRACTAL is working.
    Maputo (Mozambique) is one of the Tier 1 cities in which FRACTAL is working.
  • Lusaka (Zambia) is one of the Tier 1 cities in which FRACTAL is working.
    Lusaka (Zambia) is one of the Tier 1 cities in which FRACTAL is working.
  • Windhoek (Namibia) is one of the Tier 1 cities in which FRACTAL is working.
    Windhoek (Namibia) is one of the Tier 1 cities in which FRACTAL is working.
  • Cape Town (South Africa) is a self-funded city in the FRACTAL project.
    Cape Town (South Africa) is a self-funded city in the FRACTAL project.
  • Durban (South Africa) is also a self-funded city in the FRACTAL project.
    Durban (South Africa) is also a self-funded city in the FRACTAL project.


Current Progress

  • Development of background documents for all three tier one cities as well as the two self-funded cities. These reports aim to provide a brief overview of the contextual structure for each city through outlining demographic, social and economic indicators. The report also outlines the main challenges and vulnerabilities as they relate to a) climate change, b) water and storm water, c) energy and d) food security. The reports touch on the institutional structure of both the local and national government by a) listing by-laws, policies, strategies, plans and programmes at both the local and national level, b) listing the key actors that have significant influence over city development and climate change strategies and c) attempts to highlight the current local government structure. The reports were compiled using a desktop study and as we move into the second quarter will be ground-truthed with project partners based in each city.
  • Reconnaissance meetings with Maputo and Windhoek to discuss the project with the key city stakeholders so that the project is best aligned with the city needs
  • Poster submission at the Resilience conference in July. The poster will explore how scientists/ researchers and local government officials can work together to co-explore/ co-produce climate change knowledge, to inform city-region decision making. The ultimate objective of these co-exploratory interactions is that decision makers are empowered to make decisions that increase their city-regions’ resilience to climate change.

Visit the FRACTAL website here.

 
 
 
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