Future Resilience for African CiTies And Lands (FRACTAL)

FRACTAL is a 4-year project (initiated in June 2015) coordinated by the Climate Systems Analysis Group at the University of Cape Town. The aim of the FRACTAL project is to advance scientific knowledge about regional climate responses to human activities (such as burning fossil fuels, changing land surface cover, etc.) and work with decision makers to integrate this scientific knowledge into climate-sensitive decisions at the city-regional scale (particularly decisions relating to water, energy and food with a lifetime of 5 to 40 years). FRACTAL is designed to work across disciplines within the scientific community and foster strong collaboration between researchers, city government officials and other key decision makers in southern Africa.

During the first year of FRACTAL, important relationships have been established in each of the cities in which the project is working. Research and engagements have also been undertaken to contribute to objectives of FRACTAL. Team members have been challenging themselves to work in a transdisciplinary manner, learning many lessons along the way. On 24 June 2016, team members met to discuss this progress, share lessons learned and provide information about the plans for Year 2. To read about FRACTAL progress and plans for Year 2, read the “imbizo” report in the FRACTAL news nuggets page.

FRACTAL is funded through the Future Climate For Africa program

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Which is funded by Department for International Development and Natural Environment Research Council

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