Making Egyptian cities more resilient to climate change

a technical workshop by IHS and GIZ in Alexandria, Egypt
Photo of the port in Alexandria
Somesh Sharma

At the end of September, the IHS team of experts (David Dodman, Maartje van Eerd, Niema AlHessen and Somesh Sharma), together with GIZ-Egypt, conducted a “Technical Workshop on Urban Climate Resilience for Egyptian National and Local Governmental Stakeholders” under the Capacity Building through Urban Infrastructure Development (CBUID) project. The workshop took place in Alexandria, Egypt.

Group of people working together at table
Somesh Sharma

About the training

The training was delivered to 20 senior governmental officials representing the Urban Development Fund (UDF), the General Organization of Policy and Planning (GoPP) and the Local Governorates of Alexandria and Beheira in Egypt. The training aimed to empower Egyptian national and local governments to address climate change risks while improving social cohesion in vulnerable urban areas. Guided by the concept of 'Just Transition', participants had the opportunity to acquire technical knowledge in various areas, including risk-informed urban planning, collaborative planning, social cohesion and vulnerability assessments, as well as urban climate adaptation solutions.

Group of people working together at board
Somesh Sharma

The outcomes

During the one-week workshop, participants were introduced to the conceptual fundamentals of urban climate resilience, followed by discussing lessons that can be learned from the best practices and case studies from cities worldwide. Furthermore, participants gained hands-on training in applying selected instruments and methodologies for integrating climate resilience principles into their work, thereby enhancing their capacity to improve the effectiveness of their efforts in making Egyptian cities more resilient to climate change.

Our partners

The workshop was Implemented by GIZ Egypt in cooperation with The Ministry of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities (MoHUUC), represented by the General Organisation for Physical Planning (GOPP) and The Urban Development Fund (UDF). The project was co-funded by the European Union (EU) and Germany's Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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