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From Grey to Green infrastructure: a paradigm shift needed to deliver on climate action

Policymakers at COP 25 have the opportunity to address and influence policies around infrastructure investments and national development plans. The Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance argues that a move from hazard protection only focused on grey infrastructure to integrated green and grey approaches where nature-based solutions are consistently incorporated is vital to achieve climate-smart, risk informed development. 

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From Grey to Green infrastructure: a paradigm shift needed to deliver on climate action

COP25 must deliver on climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction

The 25th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) starts next week in Madrid, Spain. The Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance will be there to remind policy makers of the commitments made during the Climate Action Summit and the importance of further, more ambitious, investments in disaster risk reduction, particularly flood resilience, in the face of this climate crisis.

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COP25 must deliver on climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction

How can the UK build flood resilience in a changing climate?

While Australia and the USA are battling extreme heat and wild fires other parts of the world are inundated by rain and battling severe flooding, including communities in the United Kingdom. What needs to happen at the global scale and what can be done closer to home to build resilience against floods in a changing climate? 

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How can the UK build flood resilience in a changing climate?

Inclusive transboundary governance at Asia-Pacific Urban Forum

This blog captures the key recommendations for the United Nations Seventh Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-7) from the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance’s session on the importance of transboundary action and inclusive governance in building urban flood resilience. 

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Inclusive transboundary governance at Asia-Pacific Urban Forum

Local knowledge in flood risk management: are we only paying it lip service?

Nowadays, it is difficult to imagine any ‘serious’ conversation on disaster risk reduction (DRR) that doesn’t emphasise the importance of local communities, their participation and their local knowledge. Global policies, including the Sendai Framework and Paris Agreement, clearly point out that local knowledge has a role to play in reducing risks and adapting to change. But how is this global rhetoric translated into practical approaches on the ground?

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Local knowledge in flood risk management: are we only paying it lip service?
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