This webinar, held on 17 November 2014, discussed strategies for integrating climate change adaptation and mitigation actions and explored potential synergies and barriers involved. Measures and solutions for simultaneously reducing greenhouse gas emissions and vulnerability to climate change impacts were also presented.
This webinar, held on 6 November 2014, focused on how the application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT’s) in adaptation planning can enhance the adaptive capacity of local communities to climate change, as well as facilitate their engagement in local resilience-building actions. Practical examples of ICT solutions implemented in Bologna, Italy and Uganda were shared.
This volume of the journal Progress in Planning (Vol.95, January 2015) seeks to contribute to the widening debate about how the transformation of cities to respond to the changing climate is being understood, managed and achieved. The authors focus particularly on spatial planning, and building the capacity of this key mechanism for responding to the adaptation imperative in urban areas. The core focus is the outcomes of a collaborative research project, EcoCities, undertaken at the University of Manchester’s School of Environment and Development. EcoCities drew upon inter-disciplinary research on climate science, environmental planning and urban design working within a socio-technical framework to investigate climate change hazards, vulnerabilities and adaptation responses in the conurbation of Greater Manchester, UK. Emerging transferable learning with potential relevance for adaptation planning in other cities and urban areas is drawn out to inform this rapidly emerging international agenda.
The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Technology Executive Committee recently convened a meeting on strengthening National Systems of Innovation in developing countries. This is possibly the most positive step forward for efforts under the UNFCCC to date. In this blog post, the author explains why and and provides some key pointers for taking these efforts forward.
Adaptation of transport to climate change in Europe: Challenges and options across transport modes and stakeholders
This report from the European Environment Agency explores current climate change adaptation practices concerning transport across European countries.
This special issue of the journal Building and Environment (Vol.83, January 2015) contains a number of articles related to climate adaptation in cities. The issue is based on a major scientific research program in the Netherlands that dealt with many of the issues related to climate adaptation in urban areas.
This report is mainly aimed at business designers but is also directly relevant to the construction industry and to policy and regulation makers. It looks at the emerging market for building designers preparing buildings for a changing climate and at the opportunities and challenges they face.
As part of a new stream of work under the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, a team visited three Brazilian state capitals: Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre and Brasília. These cities are already exploring how they can build communities that are resilient to flooding, drought, and other climate impacts. Discussions with officials underscored three adaptation policy and planning needs in Brazil: mobilizing networks and resources, leveraging governance and people, and harnessing data and tools.
Implementing a low-carbon resilient development agenda: lessons from Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Rwanda
Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Rwanda are at the forefront of developing national plans that address elements of both climate change mitigation and adaptation with a low carbon resilient development (LCRD) agenda. This briefing explores the experience of LCRD planning in each country using interviews, analysis of policy documents and surveys to draw lessons for other countries seeking to integrate mitigation and adaptation into their national plans. Establishing a national consensus on what is understood by LCRD is shown to be important in building stakeholder support for any proposed LCRD agenda, as is clearly defining which co-benefits are being targeted. It is also clear that LCRD planning will need better access to high quality information on climate change planning and new policy approaches.
The impacts of climate change in cities are already being felt as loss and damage, due to the lack of capacity of many cities to implement the necessary adaptive and disaster risk reduction (DRR) measures, and the vulnerability of large proportions of urban residents, particularly in developing countries. This paper represents a first attempt to raise some of the issues associated with climate-related loss and damage in urban areas in the global south. It reviews some of the key drivers that will shape the nature and extent of loss and damage in urban areas, explores some of the economic and non-economic approaches to loss and damage that might be taken, discusses some of the key communication challenges around the topic, and identifies some of the information and data gaps and next steps that need to be taken.