Water Resilient Green Cities for Africa (WGA)

Project period: 2013 to 2019

The project investigated the options for leapfrogging conventional urban water systems to landscape-based systems for increasing the climate resilience of larger African cities and for providing inclusive urban green spaces, and better local planning and governance. This was through developing catchment plans, facilitating a rapid mind-set change through champions, encouraging stakeholder involvements through design charrette and developing low-tech and local material based green technologies.

The WGA project was led by the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management (IGN) University of Copenhagen. Project partner institutes were the Institute of Human Settlements Studies (IHSS) at Ardhi University, Tanzania and the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building construction and City Development (EiABC) at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. The project was in close collaboration with representatives from the city administrations and selected communities in Addis Ababa and Dar es Salaam.




















Assessing the Potential for Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting from Large Public Institutions (In Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health)

Mapping the gap of water and erosion control measures in rapidly urbanizing Mbezi River catchment of Dar es Salaam (In Water MPDI Journal

Conditions and opportunities for green infrastructure – Aiming for green, water-resilient cities in Addis Ababa and Dar es Salaam (In Landscape and Urban Planning 2017)

Access to a Videnblad: Klimatilpasning ved landskabsbaseret vandhåndtering i afrikanske byer (Videnblade Planlægning og Friluftsliv 5.2-18, Skov og Landskab, December 2016)

Green infrastructure for flood-risk management in Dar es Salaam and Copenhagen: exploring the potential for transitions towards sustainable urban water management (in Water Policy 2014)

Sustainability Transitions in the Developing World: Exploring the Potential for Integrating Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems in the Sub-Saharan Cities

Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems: Examining the potential for green infrastructure-based stormwater management for cities in Sub-Saharan Africa 

Public recreational parks and green environmental development in Addis Ababa (by Kumelachew Yeshitela 2015, in Amharic)

WGA reports

Municipal level policies and site-specific neighbourhood strategies for the Mbezi river catchment

LSM strategy for Jemo River Catchment in Addis Ababa

Local institutional frameworks at community level in Dar es Salaam and Addis Ababa (Report 2 – WP 3)

Green area typologies and mapping of green structures in Addis Ababa and Dar es Salaam (Report 1-WP1)

Urban Water Management in Addis Ababa and Dar es Salaam (Report 1-WP2) 

City Level Institutional Comparisons of Landscape Based Stormwater Management in Dar es Salaam and Addis Ababa Cities (Report 3-WP3)

Green space & livelihood in the WGA case sites of Addis Ababa and Dar es Salaam (Report 2-WP 1)

Draft landscape‐based stormwater management strategies for the Jemo and Mbezi River catchments (Report 2-WP 2)


Options for Landscape based Stormwater Management & Green Infrastructure in Urban Areas within developing Countries: A case study of an informal settlement in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (by Lagiya Ayoub Khatib)

The crucial need of urban open spaces in the adaptation to climate change: A case study of the use, function and perception of the open spaces in the unplanned settlement Kawe Ukwamani in Dar es Salaam (by Marie Madsen)

Water resilience and social capital: Comparing informal and formal housing areas in Addis Ababa (by Silje Breckan Paulsen)












The project was funded by DANIDA


Project:  Water Resilient Green Cities for Africa (WGA)
Principal investigator: Marina Bergen Jensen, the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management
Start: 31 August 2013
End: May 2019


Water Resilient
Green Cities
for Africa