Jessy Appavoo

Regional Engagement Manager

I am a Regional Engagement Manager (Africa) at the C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF). I work across the cities in the CFF's network to facilitate engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, and support knowledge management to accelerate the development and implementation of interventions to adapt and increase resilience to climate change in the region.

I have worked for a number of years in the field of environmental management and climate change, notably on several projects ranging from climate finance to improving energy access in rural parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. In the past, I have coordinated the GIZ-funded Africa Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) Partnership (AfLP), which is the regional platform for delivering LEDS work on the continent. Under the AfLP, I led a successful African Mini-Grids Community of Practice which consisted of senior level government officials across 15 countries working towards meeting national clean energy targets through decentralized energy systems. I have also previously worked in the fields of ecosystem-based and community-based adaptation in Southern, Central and West Africa.

I am from Mauritius and currently reside in Cape Town, South Africa. I hold an MSc in Environmental and Geographical Science from the University of Cape Town. I majored in food security with my thesis focusing on the lived experience and drivers of a rapidly changing food system. I am currently completing a postgraduate programme in financing and deploying clean energy at Yale.

Schematic drawing of a pocket park in the eThekwini Municipality

Transformative adaptation of rivers in an urban context (ecological infrastructure toolkit)

Ecological infrastructure plays an important role in the overall health of rivers. This toolkit supports users to design, plan, implement and finance ecological infrastructure. 

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Stream flowing in a residential area

Transformative Riverine Management in Durban

With support from the C40 Cities Finance Facility, the eThekwini Municipality is building a case for investment in transformative, city-wide urban river management. 

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