Water resilient green cities for Africa

Partner Institution(s): 
Addis Ababa University, Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC), Ethiopia
Ardhi University, Institute of Human Settlements Studies (IHSS), Tanzania
Start Date: 
September 1, 2013
End Date: 
December 31, 2017
Project Code: 
Total grant: 
DKK 9,084,244
Contact : 
Marina Bergen Jensen
Ethiopia, Tanzania

The urban population in Africa will triple to 1.2 billion by 2050 and cause massive challenges for the management of urban areas (UN-Habitat, 2010). The water challenge is exacerbated by climate change which will increase flood and drought risks and affect livelihoods for millions of urban dwellers (IPCC, 2008). One option is to expand cost-intensive sewer infrastructure. Another is to utilize the landscape for stormwater management. Besides being a much cheaper option, using the landscape offers synergies addressing other challenges such as improved water supply, enhanced green structure for urban agriculture, and possibilities to improve decentralized options in informal areas with a potential for a more-inclusive decision-making process. This project explores the opportunities and barriers for ‘landscape based stormwater management’ by analyzing technical, institutional and livelihood aspects for the best solutions to be developed and tested in pilot sites. The project is developed jointly by FLD and research institutions, stakeholders, and users in Addis Ababa and Dar es Salaam and brings into play expertise on urban planning, ecology, and water management. The project is organised in packages on: Green spaces and livelihoods; Stormwater management; Planning and governance; and Research capacity building. The project comprises six PhD students and three postdocs. Knowledge will be disseminated through MSc-level courses, policy recommendations, and research articles


Midterm report 2016
The project is progressing according to plan. The major outputs are the design intervention in an informal area in Dar es Salaam, a joint scientific paper and joint development of catchment strategies and local plans for pilot sites. The design intervention took place in collaboration with a local community suffering from erosion, floods and drought and a local plan for water resilience was developed. Key city stakeholders also took part. The joint scientific paper examines the conditions for establishing a functional green infrastructure in the case cities and concludes that local water management experiments must link to on-going coping strategies to push forward coalitions and generate knowledge on how to retain green areas while addressing water shortages, livelihood and urban farming. The final versions of the catchment strategies have been developed in collaboration with city stakeholders and will also be used as handover products to the city stakeholders and local communities.

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