“Windhoek Transformational Leadership on Climate Change training” on 18th-19th April 2018 at the Roof of Africa Hotel, Windhoek. The training equipped decision-makers with knowledge that will allow them to move away from the ‘business as usual’ way of decision-making, a requirement for the development of climate resilient cities. Sessions focused on (1) showcasing adaptation inspiration cases undertaken to address climate challenges in Africa; (2) co-producing principles for transformative leadership on climate change issues; (3) mainstreaming climate change into city planning and practice; and (4) an introduction to the climate future projections for Windhoek.
His worship Cllr. Muesee Kazapua, in his welcoming remarks, stated, “The City of Windhoek has heeded the global call and national responsibility to tackle climate change at a city level, such a framework is the City of Windhoek’s Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan which is intended to be finalised by June 2018.” Honourable Governor of Khomas explained in the keynote address, “It is crucial that we scale up the efforts to build capacity of political leaders to effectively deal with climate change.”
Other participants included City of Windhoek Councillors, Khomas Regional Council: Windhoek Constituency Councillors, the City of Windhoek’s Chief Executive Officer and Strategic Executives, and Association for Local Authorities in Namibia. The Okahandja Town Council, Rehoboth Town Council and Walvis Bay Municipality were also represented by the Mayors and technical officers.
The training was facilitated by the University of Namibia, Local Governments for Sustainability-Africa, CSAG, African Cities Centre and UK Met Office. Local presenters included the Ministry of
Environment and Tourism and Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia. The Hanns Seidel Foundation Namibia ThinkNamibia campaign contributed material (books, posters, fact sheets and video).