LCC signs water, sanitation deal

LUSAKA City Council (LCC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) Africa on addressing effects of floods and climate change on water and sanitation.
ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability-Africa is a European Commission- funded organisation which is implementing a five-year project called Sustainable Urban Resilient Water for Africa, Developing Local Climate Solutions in six African countries.
Lusaka mayor George Nyendwa said during the official opening of the consultative participatory research workshop that the local authority will work in collaboration with ICLEI Africa to implement the project in the city.
He said the project will contribute towards sustainable climate change, resilient urban water planning and actions within Lusaka.
Mr Nyendwa said the project, which will run for 42 months, will focus on the relationship between climate change and water.
“The project focusses on the nexus of climate change and water, in particular droughts and floods while identifying and implementing priority adaptation measures to assist the most vulnerable sectors in local authorities,” Mr Nyendwa said.
He said the project will help the council to find a lasting solution on how best to prevent the recurrence of floods in Lusaka.
And ICLEI Africa professional officer Faith Chikeya said Kanyama township has been identified for the project.
She said the project will be rolled out to other townships in future.
She said ICLEI Africa will be the overall coordinator in the implementation of the project working in collaboration with LCC, which will be the primary driver.

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