As winners of the competition, these three cities were awarded the opportunity to jointly develop a CBA of their city with the assistance of leading industry experts. The analysis will focus on the costs and benefits of adapting to or neglecting to adapt to climate change.
The SURe Water 4 Africa project aims to improve integration and planning for urban water and sanitation in the context of climate change, through the development of local action plans, and also to investigate the costs and benefits of implementing such adaptation options at the local level. As such a key output of the project is the development of three Cost Benefit Analyses (CBA).
The CBA includes a cost-benefit analysis of action, i.e. an analysis of the cost of adapting to climate change; a cost-benefit analysis of inaction: i.e. an analysis of the cost of not adapting to climate change; and a prioritisation analysis of proposed adaptation actions. The CBA covers institutional capacity, hard and soft infrastructure, and community initiatives.
The six proposals received from the SUReWater 4 Africa cities were of an extremely high standard, and the panel which was tasked with choosing three winners had the unenviable task of identifying which three cities best showcased their commitments to sustainable and climate resilient development. Ultimately, the cities of Bulawayo, Walvis Bay and Lusaka were selected to undertake the CBA. Watch this space for more exciting developments as the study gets underway.