What it's about:
Asian cities are on the frontline of climate change. A third of all low-elevation coastal zones in the world are located in Asia, where two-thirds of the world’s urban population reside.
The Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN), funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, was founded in 2008 to begin a process of understanding vulnerability and developing resilience strategies in cities across South and Southeast Asia.
A new study based on a sample of 15 city resilience strategies from India, Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Philippines outlines a number of key lessons, including:
- City level plans need to be regarded within the context of national and sub-national climate frameworks and directives.
- Recognising what drives city mayors - for example previous experiences with a disaster, political mandates or funding opportunities - can all help to shape resilience plans.
- The importance of fostering a diverse range of resilience initiatives, from waste management interventions to transport infrastructure and public health.
The full report and its findings can be read here.
Why it's noteworthy:
Asian cities have been the target of a number of climate change adaptation and resilience-building initiatives, in particular focusing on the capacities of local governments to understand the likely future climate impacts.
The ACCCRN itself has been running for almost a decade, and covers a wide range of diverse cities each with unique stresses and tailored resilience plans.
This report takes stock of some of the key learning from the ACCCRN which can be applied to other regions of the world.
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