The High Level Segment of COP17 began today as political leaders continue to try to reach consensus on the draft proposals the officials and negotiators drew up last week. President Jacob Zuma and the UN’s secretary general Ban Ki-moon presided over yet another opening ceremony this afternoon.
The award winning Climate Smart Cape Town stand was transformed into a restaurant last night, as City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee (Mayco) member for Economic, Environmental & Spatial Planning: Alderman Belinda Walker hosted some of the top climate change funders from around the world. Alderman Walker appealed to invited guests to consider Cape Town as an investment opportunity to support climate change mitigation and adaption programmes.
Today’s events on the Climate Smart Cape Town (CSCT) Pavilion were:
A presentation on the experiment in temporary outdoor spaces by the CSCT Pavilion Project Manager, Stephen Lamb of Touching the Earth Lightly. Stephen and his team constructed the outdoor pavilion that is made entirely from recycled and re-usable materials so as to produce zero waste after dismantling. In addition, all construction materials were sourced within the tightest possible radius of the site to minimise the carbon footprint. There was also a presentation by Matthias Weber on solar electrical power for change.
There were two panel discussions. The first on Sea Level Rise and Coastal Protection and the potential impacts on human populations for example those living in coastal regions. The second was on Local Government Iniatives on Climate Change. The second session included discussions on how the Mexico City Pact, CarbonN Register, African Mayors Declaration on Climate Change and Resilient Cities among others are advancing climate change action in cities.
The Climate Smart Cape Town events planned for Wednesday 7 December are:
12h00: The panel discussion titled “Urban Agriculture and Climate Change”. This will be facilited by Rama Naidu and include Russell Galt, Stanley Visser, Vanessa Black, Paula Osborne, Dr Christoph Trusen and Dr Ilse Trautmann. The urban agricultural sector in Sub-Saharan Africa faces immense challenges from growing population numbers and decreasing resources. The panelists discuss innovative models and sustainable solutions. This event will be held at the Local Government Pavilion Auditorium.
14h30: Climate Smart Cape Town Campaign and the Cape Town Climate Change Coalition Pecha Kucha by Stephen Granger.
17h00: Cheese and Wine networking on the Climate Smart Cape Town Pavilion.