the past 5 years Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) has been running
a national capacity building programme called Sustainable Energy
for Environment and Development (SEED). SEED focuses on local authorities
in South Africa and has partnerships and staff working in the metropolitan
local authorities as well as a number of supporting NGOs, it also
has partnership agreements with national government. DANIDA and
the partners fund the programme. Part of the task of SEED is to
broaden this national network into a SADC regional network through
the development of a directory and distribution of information.
Last year, SEA, as a means of extending the learnings of the SEED
Programme, proposed a City Energy Strategies Conference and simultaneously
considered the advantages of extending the SADC regional network
idea to an African Network (possibly related to networks such as
the Energies Cites in Europe etc).
The City Energy Strategies
Conference will be held 19 - 21 November 2003 in Cape Town, followed
on 22 November by a workshop on the proposed ‘African Energy
Cities Network’. This conference will be a first for the
African continent. The conference will be hosted by the South
African Cities Network (linked to the Cities Alliance), Sustainable
Energy Africa and the City of Cape Town, in association with ICLEI
and SALGA and with the endorsement of UNEP. Using international
and local experience, this conference aims to inspire and enable
local authorities in South Africa to develop their own Energy
Strategies as part of their city development plan and provide
useful information in a practical way.
While the conference
focus is on South African cities, the conference will also be
an opportunity for municipalities from other African countries
to showcase their energy initiatives and to learn from the work
of other cities.
UNEP is partnering
SEA in setting up this Network and ICLEI has given its full support.
Funding for this first meeting is from DANIDA and UNEP.