African subnational governments have evidence-based plans and projects to accelerate climate action, but significantly increased funding is needed to implement these at scale. An unprecedented number of subnational government leaders present at the Africa Climate Week and Summit, held from the 4th to the 8th of September in Nairobi, Kenya called for the mandatory inclusion of subnational governments in the preparation of the next phase of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to be submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by 2025, re-emphasising the critical importance of multilevel governance in tackling the climate crisis.Read more
We, the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) Regional Mayors Forum (RMF) - Governors and Mayors representing the voices of over 350 cities in sub-Saharan Africa, with a total population exceeding 150 million people - make the following Declaration at the Africa Climate Summit and the Africa Climate Week 2023 in Nairobi, KenyaRead more
The Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) Secretariat hosted a session at COP27 in the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities Constituency (LGMA) Multi-Level Action Pavilion which brought together local government leaders and finance experts to unpack the trade-offs that African city decision-makers face every day in the midst of the climate crisis.Read more
We, the Covenant of Mayors in Sub Saharan Africa Regional Mayors Forum, representing the voices of over 320 cities in sub-Saharan Africa, with a total population exceeding 150 million people, and building off the Dakar Declaration, make the following statement here at COP27:Read more
The Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa participated in the Africities Summit 9 by hosting several sessions including a high level opening plenary to mobilise and expand the CoM SSA network and officially launch the Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plans (SEACAP) of two signatory cities. CoM SSA used the Summit as an opportunity to bring together the newly-elected CoM SSA Regional Mayors Forum for their inaugural meeting. Nine mayors representing the four regions of Sub-Saharan Africa took part in a closed session where the chairperson, Mayor of Kloto I (Togo) was elected.Read more
Among the objectives of the climate plan, the city intends to strengthen its resilience to climate change in the most affected sectors such as agriculture, reduce its overall projected emissions by 25%, and extend household access to electricity to 90% by significantly increasing the production of renewable energy.Read more
Glasgow, Scotland (9 November 2021): Today, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) was awarded the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity during a ceremony held at the COP26 conference along with 1M Euro to finance projects in sub-Saharan Africa.Read more
CoM SSA signatories exchanged on how they are using the development process of their Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plans (SEACAPs) to not only address issues of climate change and lack of access to sustainable energy, but also to inform the public about them.Read more
Faced with the adverse impacts of climate change, including increasing temperatures and irregular rainfall, the City of Garoua in Cameroon is committed to taking climate action, with support from the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA). The city is in the process of completing its Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plan (SEACAP), having finalised its baseline reports.Read more
Garoua’s Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plan (SEACAP) is the culmination of a two-years process led by the City Council and the three subdivisional councils (Garoua I, II and III) with the support of GIZ, ICLEI Africa and Help Community.
Without climate action, Garoua’s GHG emissions will likely increase by 40% in the next decade. By 2030, the city plans to reduce its overall projected emissions by 25%, but such reduction is only possible if action is taken by the highest emitters.
With approx. 350,000 inhabitants, Garoua is the third most populated city in Cameroon. The population is growing at an annual rate of 2.8% due to high birth rates and an influx of migrants from neighboring countries, particularly Chad and Nigeria.
Business in Garoua are already feeling the impact of climate change and limited access to energy, from profit losses due to droughts to difficulties accessing markets during floods.
Local governments in Sub-Saharan Africa are key actors in mitigating and adapting to climate change. Therefore, Garoua (Cameroon) has developed a Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plan (SEACAP) to define the strategies, plans and actions that the City Council and the three subdivisional councils (Garoua I, II and III) are taking together towards sustainable development and lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
While Garoua is taking climate action at the city level, its citizens can also help it become greener, healthier and more resilient to climate change.
The ‘sparkling city’ has identified concrete actions in several areas (agriculture, livestock and fisheries; environment, diversity and forests; and water and health) to be better prepared for the effects of climate change now and minimize future damage to its citizens and the economy.
Currently, 65% of households in Garoua have access to electricity, but – due to power cuts – even on-grid households are still without electricity for 134 days a year.