Do you know how local governments are greening up and developing their sustainability endeavours? Most people are unaware of this, so we will be telling you more about the work they do and the important progress made.
ICLEI is a world-wide association of Local Governments working towards urban sustainability and more specifically with the Africa Secretariat situated in Cape Town.
ICLEI promotes local action for global sustainability and supports cities to become sustainable, resilient, resource-efficient, biodiverse, low-carbon; to build a smart infrastructure; and to develop an inclusive, green urban economy.
Their ultimate aim is to achieve healthy and happy communities. They have developed stable, long-term programs to support local-level sustainability and continue to develop innovative new programs to respond to issues of international concern.
The ICLEI Africa Secretariat, the regional office for ICLEI in Africa, South Africa collaborates closely with the global ICLEI network and other regional offices around the world, in sharing tools, materials and strategies and good practices specifically designed and implemented at the local level.
Local action in Africa becomes more critical
The African Secretariat has seen continual growth over the past years as local action in Africa becomes more critical, to its current total of 69 member local governments, in over 18 different countries across Africa.
ICLEI membership provides access to a worldwide network of peers allowing its members to benefit from, and contribute to, the success of others in the global community.
Through its membership, ICLEI aims to:
- connect members with other local government leaders and to other relevant actors, including businesses and the academia
- help accelerate cities’ actions towards more resilience at the local level, which will contribute to enhanced sustainability globally
- provide members with access to a gateway to solutions, which supports mobilizing local visions to actions.
Strategic key environmental work streams
ICLEI Africa implements its activities in Africa through a range of projects and initiatives within its strategic key environmental work streams within the Secretariat, such as:
- Climate resilience
- Low emission development
- Integrated urban water management
- Biodiversity and nature-based solutions
- Integrated urban planning
In addition to the work done in Africa, ICLEI Africa is home to the ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center, which has ICLEI’s mandate to engage globally with local governments on biodiversity-related matters. The Centre’s activities are based on promoting the concept of natural capital and addressing the degradation of ecosystem goods and services that underpin human well-being. It is also home to ICLEI’s flagship biodiversity programme, namely Local Action for Biodiversity (LAB).