As part of the 8th Africities Summit, held from 20 to 24 November in Marrakesh, the Moroccan city of Chefchaouen won the trophy for the best intermediate city in Africa “Climate Initiatives 2018 African communities.”
The trophy was presented to Chefchaouen Municipal Council President Mohamed Sefiani by the Secretary General of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, at a ceremony celebrating the end of the Summit’s work.
The “African Climate Initiatives 2018” trophies recognize three categories of cities: the best intermediate city, the best small city, as well as the best big city and African region. The prices of these last two were won respectively by the municipality of Ndiob in Senegal and the departmental region of Tivaouane of Senegal.
These awards recognize the initiatives of the most innovative cities in adapting to and mitigating climate change. The municipalities concerned had submitted their applications to the organizing committee of the event.
On Friday, November 23, the jury appointed nine nominees in the three categories of local authorities. Of the 31 initiatives received from 16 countries, only 9 of the most innovative climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives were nominated by the 5,000 delegates invited to the summit.