Project launch

On Friday 20th November 2020, the University of Stirling announced that the UKRI GCRF Water and Fire: Enhancing Capacity and Reducing Risk through 15 ‘Best Bets’ for Transformative Adaptation with Vulnerable Residents on the Cape Flats, a project working with marginalised residents of township communities in South Africa which are facing crises and systematic risks exacerbated by climate change has received £1million in funding.

Led by the University of Stirling, and supported by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Global Challenges Research Fund’s (GCRF) Collective Programme, the research works closely with local people to address interrelated socio-environmental hazards affecting township communities in the Cape Flats area of Cape Town, and support their efforts to reduce disaster risks. The project is building a partnership between residents of the Cape Flats region of South Africa, the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation and academic researchers from a range of backgrounds at the University of Stirling, University of Cape Town and University of the Western Cape in an effort to mobilise existing local knowledges and practices, and hence co-produce new approaches to disaster management in the face of protracted environmental crisis.

It is one of more than 140 projects, announced today (Friday 20 November), supported by the Programme – a £1.5 billion fund which will enhance the overall impact in the areas of global health, education, sustainable cities, food systems, conflict and resilience.

Read the full article on the University of Stirling website here.

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