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As part of London Climate Action Week, the Resilience Shift is hosting a film screening and panel discussion exploring the lessons to be learned for cities such as London, from Cape Town’s water crisis.

About this event:

Following three consecutive years of poor rainfall, the city of Cape Town was in the midst of a severe water crisis. The city of four million people was projected to run out of water on April 12, 2018 – “˜Day Zero’. A collective response from the residents of Cape Town helped avert this crisis.

In-depth filmed interviews with key Capetonians, as part of the Cape Town Drought Response Learning Initiative, highlight how the crisis developed and how the city’s water authority, politicians, businesses and residents responded, the lessons they learnt from the crisis, and the lasting impact it has had on how the city manages and uses water. The panel discussion will explore what London and other cities can learn from Cape Town’s experience.



  • Jo da Silva, Acting Director Resilience Shift, and founder International Development, Arup, will introduce a panel representing the UK and South Africa.
  • Peter Willis (Chair) – Conversations that Count / Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and co-leader of the Cape Town Drought Response Learning Initiative (CTDRLI)
  • Dr Fiona Twycross – Deputy Mayor for Fire and Resilience, Member of the Economy Committe, Greater London Assembly, appointed in April 2018.
  • Trevor Bishop – Director Water Resources South East (WRSE) responsible for strategy/policy, engagement and business management. Formerly Ofwat.
  • Martin Shouler – Project Director, City Water Resilience Approach, Resilience Shift, Associate Director and Water Business Leader, Arup

There will also be a chance to learn more about the work of the Resilience Shift on city water resilience, resilience tools and approaches, and on industry-specific resilience practice.

The event takes place on 3 July 2019 at 6-8pm (registration from 5.30) at Arup’s London offices. Places are limited.

To find out more and to register for the event please email or see More information

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