Peri-Urban Resilient Ecosystems (PURE)

The Peri-Urban Resilient Ecosystems (PURE) is a research project which addresses the challenge of representative climate resilient urban strategies in dryland Windhoek, Namibia, as a means to enhance future health, wellbeing and economic development. The project aims to apply an innovative values-based scenario tool to develop urban policy informed by multiple stakeholder value systems (e.g. municipal authorities, urban planners, marginalised and informal communities). Stakeholder scenarios will consider historic and contemporary climate, land-use and rural-urban migration patterns, whilst future scenarios will consider how the City of Windhoek’s National Integrated Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (ICCSAP) will perform under urban planning, conservation and governance scenarios. The combination of these novel methods will help decision-makers in addressing the wicked problems arising from the ongoing drought and informal urban growth in Namibia. The project is supported with a seed grant from the Global Challenges Research Fund, and includes the following stakeholders: University of York; African Climate and Development Initiative at the University of Cape Town; Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI); ICLEI-Africa, Integrated Land Management Institute (ILMI); Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN); the Namibia Housing Action Group (NHAG), and the University of Namibia (UNAM).


Policy brief: Dryland nature based solutions for informal settlement upgrading schemes in Africa

Policy brief: Socially inclusive and innovative policy making for climate resilient urban strategies for informal settlements in dryland Africa


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