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Community Resilience in Cape Town, African Climate Development Initiative (ACDI) - Interfer

Community Resilience in Cape Town,   African Climate Development Initiative (ACDI)

Community Resilience in Cape Town,   African Climate Development Initiative (ACDI)

We recently collaborated with the African Climate Development Initiative (ACDI)  with support from the Global Resilience Partnership to translate Professor Gina Ziervogel and researchers at the UCT Environmental and Geographical Sciences department and the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) on water governance issues in Cape Town into a mural on the premises of the University of Cape Town, South Africa. 

Cape Town’s extreme drought from 2016 to 2018 was a hard lesson in the vulnerability of urban communities to water crises. The drought exposed the City of Cape Town’s lack of engagement with its low-income inhabitants and the unequal distribution of resources – both in terms of infrastructure and governance. However, the City has been willing to learn from the experience and build its resilience to future droughts inevitable due to climate change” (Michelle Shields, 2023).

“The CoReCT project aimed to capture the lived reality of water struggles for low-income Cape Town residents. We believe that understanding this reality is central to developing responses that can reduce climate risk as well as address struggles around access to resources,” Ziervogel explained.

“The mural helps visualise the stories of local community members’ experiences of water and raise the awareness of UCT students of the city’s vulnerability and resilience, and of new ways of conducting research that cross sectoral boundaries. Photos and videos produced around the mural will be used as an example of knowledge-into-art to encourage the City to open more spaces for public art that educates and raises awareness of critical local issues”.

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Mohamed Hassan
Jack De Jong
April Suling Sing
Kauthar Dramat
Leigh Stadler

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