We’re delighted to announce that Sunayana Sen, DARAJA Project Manager, from Resurgence will discuss her work on urban climate services for *DARAJA, and why it is an ‘iconic example’ of radical collaboration at CBA15.
The 15th International Conference on Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA15) brings together practitioners, grassroots representatives, local and national government planners, policymakers and donors working at all levels and scales to discuss how we can drive ambition for a climate-resilient future.
🌍 This CBA15 session on Tuesday 15th June 2021, is hosted by The Adaptation Research Alliance & Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre.
Come and join us.
✍️Register to attend CBA15: cba15.iied.org/atrium
CBA15 takes place online from 14-18 June 2021. The virtual agenda brings wider access to climate practitioners globally, reduces our carbon footprint and lowers our environmental impact. If your purpose is creating a world where all people are on a pathway to climate-resilient, low-emission and sustainable development and are thriving in the face of climate change, then join us at CBA15.
📺 Watch the final panel session here.
Tune in at 31:25 to hear from Sunayana on how and why DARAJA is an example of radical collaboration,
“Often there is a disconnect between weather information produced and users of that information in the case of extreme weather. This disconnect is felt more profoundly by marginalised groups such as residents in urban informal settlements. DARAJA aims to bridge that gap by bringing actors and the residents together to take effective or more adaptive action from extreme weather. The residents of the informal settlements in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi became the centre of the system itself rather than the last mile and ultimately produced weather information that was useable, user centric, inclusive and collaborative.”
Information about *DARAJA:
DARAJA is a UK FCDO (UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office) funded project of the Met Office-led Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa (WISER) Programme.
DARAJA aims to improve the climate resilience of vulnerable populations living in informal settlements in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya by building bridges between communities and weather and climate information providers.
DARAJA has been delivered to date in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam by Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) in Nairobi, the Centre for Community Initiatives (CCI) in Dar es Salaam, Resurgence, the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD), the Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA) and array of key local community partners, leaders and stakeholders.
- Residents through DARAJA services now access advanced and accurate weather, early warning and climate information (typically reserved for those in the agriculture and maritime sector). In Nairobi’s informal settlements access has risen from 56% to 93% within 18 months;
- 98% of surveyed residents now take action to avoid household loss (e.g. clearing community drains) as a result of accessing DARAJA services;
- 72% of surveyed residents state that they avoided personal damage and loss due to early warning weather information provided via DARAJA (e.g. saving income, protecting their household, clothing, beds, furniture etc);
- The net potential economic benefits to both Nairobi and Dar es Salaam over the 2 year project, in a new report by a UK Met Office consultant economist, are estimated over 10 years to be US$24 million to US$43 million, against a total project cost of under US$1 million.
In 5 years the DARAJA service aims to be available for 250 million residents of informal settlements in 30 cities across the globe.
DARAJA is receiving additional support to scale out of Nairobi and Dar es Salaam into other global cities, from the EIT Climate-KIC, the EU‘s leading public private climate innovation partnership.