Smart and sustainable transitioning for coastal cities in the face of global environmental change: Prototyping transdisciplinary networks for peer-to-peer learning for Mombasa (Kenya) and eThekwini/Durban (South Africa)

Project: Research


This project is funded through the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) Cities & Coast Project.

Mombasa County is a strategic location within the Northern Economic Corridor (NEC), connecting to the rest of East Africa, and thus a key player in commerce and tourism. Nonetheless, the port city is facing many challenges such as water, sanitation, transportation and waste disposal.

To understand challenges and provide solutions, COMRED with other partners; County Government of Mombasa, eThekwini Municipality (Durban, South Africa), University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa), Macquarie University (Australia), Kenya Marine & Fisheries Research Institute (Mombasa, Kenya), ilab Africa (Strathmore University) and UN-HABITAT through the Miji Bora project aims to co-creatively examine the city systems and design practical pathways to becoming a smart and sustainable coastal city.

The project will examine the planning & governance processes related to energy (sources, consumption and efficacy), water, sanitation and waste disposal, urban environmental processes (ecological footprints), transport and digitalisation. The project will also conduct hands-on peer to peer learning exchanges between Mombasa and eThekwini Municipality (Durban).

Layman's description

Short titleSmart Sustainable Coastal Cities
Effective start/end date1/05/1930/04/21