Leapfrogging urban development:navigating resource competition and low carbon transitions for inclusive and sustainable African cities.
The urgency of limiting global warming to under 2˚C has been emphasized by the recent rulebook at COP24 in Katowice. This comes after the release of the IPCC special report on impacts of 1.5 ˚C which identifies pathways for accelerated action to limit global warming and address resource competition through changes in multiple areas including: energy, water, land use and ecosystems, urban and infrastructure, and industry. Cities of the global south are growing fast but much of the urban landscape is yet to be built especially in Africa. Urbanising Africa has shown signals of practical solutions to low emissions, resource competition and sustainability and thus can provide lead in transitions to address climate change, disaster risk and resource competition while addressing development deficits. This talk will explore opportunities for leapfrogging urban development for inclusive and resilient African cities.