Climate resilient African cities through the circular economy
Explore data-driven insights, solutions, tools and practical examples of the circular economy that can help your city achieve its climate and sustainability goals.
Ganbatte is a dynamic platform that showcases the practice of circular economy on the African continent. It highlights local initiatives and provides key data to help understand the concept and benefits of circularity.
– Deborah Ohui Nartey, Research Analyst at Footprints Africa
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By 2050, at 17.7 billion tonnes per year, urban Africa will be the second largest consumer of materials
The circular economy can help tackle some of the challenges Africa is facing:
- An increasing environmental footprint, with polluting impacts on ecological habitats and growing pressure on cities to reduce resource consumption (ACEN & ICLEI Circulars Africa Hub)
- Growing consumption of products using raw materials and resources, putting the economy under the pressure of an extractive system (ACEN & ICLEI Circulars Africa Hub)
- Unplanned expansion of the informal economy, putting strain on urban institutions, infrastructure and ecosystems (ICLEI Circulars Africa)
African cities can lower emissions, enhance inclusivity and become more climate resilient through the circular Economy
The circular economy can:
- Reduce reliance on extraction and drive the diversification of the economy (ICLEI Circulars Africa Hub)
- Increase resilience in local communities by contributing to sustainable business models (ACEN & GRID Arendal)
- Create jobs and provide higher economic returns, meeting the needs of the youthful population (GRID Arendal & ICLEI Circulars Africa Hub)
- Institutionalise local ancient practices, with lower emissions and climate-resilient impacts (ICLEI Circulars Africa Hub)
- Contribute toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Desmond & Asamba paper)