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Mainstreaming Climate Change in Urban Development
Mainstreaming Climate Change in Urban Development

Mainstreaming Climate Change in Urban Development

Lessons from Cape Town

Edited by Helen Davies, Edited by Mark New, Edited by Dianne Scott


365 Pages, 6.5 x 9.5

Formats: PDF

PDF, $31.99 (US $31.99) (CA $42.99)

Publication Date: June 2019

ISBN 9781775822400

Rights: US, CA, AU, UK, EUR & CN

University of Cape Town Press (Jun 2019)
University Of Cape Town Press

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Cape Town’s drought crisis grabbed global headlines in 2018 and its causes and solutions were – and continue to be — hotly debated. But managing water shortages and other climate change impacts have been integrated into the city’s urban policy-making for some time, in response to rapid urbanisation and uncertainty about the exact nature, timing and magnitude of city-scale climatic changes. This book presents initiatives at the local government level, across a range of departments, from environmental resource management to housing, stormwater management, water management, energy management and spatial planning. In addition, it records the progress made and challenges faced in mainstreaming climate change into urban policies, processes, programmes and practices, a problem facing most urban areas around the world.The text was co-produced by academics and municipal officials, including economists, engineers, ecologists, geographers and planners, who worked collaboratively in a process of mutual learning. This hybrid process, where practitioner experience is coupled with an academic and research perspective, has produced an ‘insider’ view of urban development and climate change governance through the lens of theory. The result provides new practice-based knowledge for policy-making in the transition towards more sustainable cities in the face of climate change, particularly those in the global South.

Author Biography

Helen Davies is the Chief Director of the Green Economy in the Western Cape Government. She has consulted in the fields of sustainable development and business sustainability, for the public and private sector, in South Africa and internationally. Mark New is Director of the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) at the University of Cape Town, and Professor of International Development at the University of East Anglia, UK. He sits on the South African Global Change Science Committee and the Africa Future Earth Science Committee. Dianne Scott is an Associate Professor at the African Centre of Cities, UCT, and Senior Social Science Researcher in the FRACTAL Research Programme in the Climate Systems Analysis Group at the University of Cape Town.