Urban Climate Resilience

Climate change affects urban areas through water. It intensifies water scarcity and flooding, increases salinization of groundwater, and heightens the need for green spaces for flood mitigation, shade and cooling. Each of these issues are interrelated and impact each other to varying degrees. For example, urban flooding can be mitigated by increasing green areas. These areas can then provide shade which can lead to a decrease in ground temperature. 

The natural water systems often connect to urban water resources at a river basin level; where water flows are affected by land use, building distribution, and infrastructure. Urban population growth is increasing pressure on scarce resources. This means an increasing need for integrated approaches connecting the different water systems in urban areas.  The urban water systems and department are often not working together, there is a need to better interlink the work of climate change, the natural water systems, water supply, stormwater drainage and sewer systems for urban climate resilience and water security.  

Humanity must take up the challenge to pool its resources and innovations toward sustainable and resilient urban areas. Otherwise, disasters, climate change, rapid urbanization, and other unsustainable development pose a serious risk to the prosperous future of urban areas, and their livability. Many climates and water-cautious solutions and adaptations are available. This community aims to share knowledge of good practices for urban climate resilience, from assessment to strategies and finance, to governance and implementation, and innovation. 

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Cape Town is a city that has worked a lot in the area of Resilience. 



Community Dialogue- Integrative governance of water sensitive urban design

31/03/2023 - 14:00 to 15:00

A community discussion and knowledge sharing opportunity supported with a short framing presentation

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Global knowledge exchange - Urban Climate Risk Assessment

13/02/2023 - 15:00 to 17:00

On February 13, 2023 at 15:00-17:00 CET an interactive global knowledge exchange on urban climate risk assessment will  was hosted for city officials and risk assessment practitioners to discuss and exchange knowledge on assessing and addressing informal settlements, and exchange knowledge of successes and challenges with implementation, after risk assessments.

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Beijing roundtable

Webinar: Supporting Beijing's water eco-restoration strategy

23/03/2022 - 12:00 to 14:00

Beijing is the first city in China to initiate land and space ecological restoration developing five major rivers and canals as green corridors to restore their connectivity and ecology. This knowledge exchange convened city officials and international experts via round tables to support these efforts.

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