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Building Resilience and Reducing Climate Risks In Cities

Matt Ball on August 26, 2013 - in Planning

Climate change is the most determinant change factor of our time and cities must play a central part in addressing it. Cities are compelled to do so because the effects of climate change, which include rising sea levels, an increased frequency and severity of storms, precipitations, floods, droughts, hurricanes, heat waves and other extreme weather events would be for the most part felt by people living in urban areas; and because they produce ¾ of green house gas (GHG) emissions globally.

Building resilience depends on the capacity to anticipate and plan for the future. The continued implementation of a plan that anticipates the effects of future shocks can help a city withstand them and rebuild itself when necessary.

Hence, resilience is greatly influenced by the quality of local management, its capacity to anticipate and enforce, the availability of information and the quality of the infrastructure and services that the city provides.

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