This webinar, held on 10 December 2014, discussed various plans for generating data on local vulnerability and resilience, and focus on the importance of standardized indicators and city data to take a uniform approach to what is measured and how it is implemented. Standardized indicators help cities assess their performance and progress while allowing them to draw comparative lessons. Developments in this direction and the ISO 37120 were shared.
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.
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.
After assessing entries from 94 countries, the Rockefeller Foundation-funded programme will confirm its second batch of 35 resilient cities on 3 December 2014. Selected from applicants spanning 94 countries, the chosen 35 cities will be those that have, in line with the ambitions of this Rockefeller Foundation-funded initiative, “demonstrated a dedicated commitment to building their own capacities to prepare for, withstand and bounce back rapidly from shocks and stresses”. These “shocks and stresses” may vary widely between the chosen cities, ranging from natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods to long-term challenges such as social cohesion, access to healthcare, levels of violence and the free movement of people and goods for economic prosperity. A video of the announcement can be viewed online.
How do we reduce the impact of extreme weather today while preparing ourselves for future changes? What can we do to build our resilience? The Royal Society has issued a report which investigates these, and other, key questions to help inform important decisions about adaptation and risk reduction that are being made at global, national and local levels.
Resilient Cities, The Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation, is the global platform for urban resilience and climate change adaptation, hosted every year in Bonn. The webinar series is held on a fortnightly basis from October to December each year, and continues the discussions initiated between experts and practitioners in urban adaptation and resilience at the Resilient Cities congress. Webinar speakers explore themes shared at the most recent Resilient Cities congress, as well as cutting-edge topics that define future congresses. Two webinars from the 2014 series are now available online: Communicating resilience and using ICTs for climate change adaptation (6 November 2014), and Integrated climate action: Linking adaptation and mitigation (19 November 2014).
This blog uses the example in Port au-Prince to highlight how markets have played key roles in helping to re-build and re-energize areas that had been devastated by natural disasters.
This toolkit has been developed by ICLEI South East Asia and Oceania offices and draws on the experience from the original Asian Cities Climate Change Resilient Network (ACCCRN) cities, combined with elements of existing ICLEI approaches. The toolkit is targeted at city governments and their role in catalyzing community building. It enables local governments to assess their climate risks, formulate and implement corresponding resilience strategies. The toolkit was tested in three Indian cities, and subsequently used in a range of cities in Indonesia, Bangladesh, the Philippines and India.
The Commonwealth resilience framework has been developed to identify both the national policies required to build resilience and the areas in which regional and international development partners can provide support. This study refines and expands the framework to cover areas such as governance, environmental management and social development. It proposes policy measures for building resilience and ways in which the resilience framework for small states can be embedded in national planning to help stakeholders to agree priority areas for policy intervention.