Durban Adaptation Charter Implementation Guidance Workshop in Durban

eThekwini Municipality, as the current Secretariat of the Durban Adaptation Charter, hosted an Implementation Guidance Workshop (DAC IGW) from 20 – 23 March 2013 in Durban, South Africa. This event was funded by USAID, through the ICMA and CityLinks program and organised by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability –Africa. The workshop aimed to assemble a collection of global adaptation thought leaders and elected officials to provide input into how the charter can be used as an international governance framework to support local adaptation action in a meaningful and efficient manner. Mayor Kinlay Dorjee from Thimphu, Bhutan, already a signatory of the Durban Adaptation charter, attended the workshop together with other international participants.


The workshop focused on three main themes:

1. Identify potential DAC governance mechanisms, including the creation of a Secretariat and how it will function and be funded, in order to ensure the long term stability of the initiative and provide support for local governments seeking to implement their commitments to the Durban Adaptation Charter.

2. Identify areas in which cities require support for the implementation of the Durban Adaptation Charter, and to propose appropriate mechanisms for meeting these needs. These ‘needs’ will be interpreted broadly, and may include (but will not be limited to) knowledge, technical support and financial resources.

3. Propose appropriate mechanisms for documenting progress made by cities in implementing the charter, and to assess the contribution that implementing the Durban Adaptation Charter makes to city resilience.


The Durban Adaptation Charter is the outcome of the “Durban Local Government Convention: adapting to a changing climate” – towards COP17/CMP7 and beyond; more information can be found on www.durbanadaptationcharter.org. For more information about ICMA go to www.icma.org; about ICLEI globally go to www.iclei.org and in Africa www.iclei.org/africa.

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