The urgency of adapting to climate change is diminished. Worldwide people already face the consequences of flood risks or water shortages. Especially in urban areas adapting to climate change is of the utmost importance. The number of people living in cities will only increase in the coming years. The concentration of people and assets means that the impact of natural disasters and a changing climate on society and the economy can be devastating. While national leaders often struggle with protracted negotiations, city leaders have started working on concrete projects.
Read the blog of Edyta Wisniewska with an update about the actions on creating climate resilient cities at international level.
Creating a resilient city means increasing the liveability and economic viability by making it more future and climate proof. There are many concepts and designs that fit a resilient cities approach. It all depends on the local situation what is most suitable. However, key elements of a resilient city are a holistic approach and the inclusion of all stakeholders like:
Building resilient means that challenges become opportunities. Read more about urban resilience within our related impact stories.
More and more city leaders are convinced that plans need to be implemented. It’s time for action. Fortunately, that is already happening. Take the 44MPA Project in Poland that aims to develop urban adaptation plans for 44 cities in Poland. According to these plans the water sector is key in these adaptation measures. Another example is the River Warta development project in Poland. In both projects Dutch consortium partners are involved.
In a time of climate change it is necessary to join forces on urban resilience in order to increase knowledge and develop new insights. Based on demand driven requests the most urgent challenges and opportunities need to be defined. Read more about forging partnerships on resilient cities or contact us.