Sub-saharan African cities are facing existential threats to the quality of life, due to accelerating trends in society and the environment. Rapid urbanization coupled with a lack of capacity to cope with the pressure on existing cities – is exposing vulnerable communities in Africa to the effects of climate change, growing inequalities, and deteriorating standards of livability.
However, by understanding how these trends manifest, cities can become part of the solution. To achieve this there is a need to collect relevant data, speak to relevant local stakeholders and make a climate risk assessment to have an understanding of the impact spatially. Through such an analysis we can map the expected climate impacts and identify which are the most vulnerable populations, and what options are for a future-proofed spatial development strategy for the city that considers the most vulnerable populations.
In this project city scopings and rapid climate risk assessments were made for the cities of Antananarivo in Madagascar, Libreville in Gabon, and Dodoma in Tanzania.