The climate crisis demands local level financing and action
The Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance is focused on building
resilience at the community level. This is in recognition that the devastating impacts of
climate change are felt most immediately and severely at the local level, and that
communities are aware of their vulnerabilities and understand how to build meaningful,
local-level resilience that meets their needs.
However, practitioners and local level policy
makers have been constrained in their
efforts to build resilience or scale successful
activities due to a lack of local
financing for addressing the impacts of
climate change. Building a more resilient
society will require flexible, long-term funding
at local levels, strengthened institutions that
support community involvement in decisionmaking, capacity building, and clear evidence of
effective programming to support planning
and action. These steps are critical to
reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement,
especially Article 7.2, and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Venkateswaran, Kanmani; Blumenstock, Ali
Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance
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