Unlocking the potential for transformative climate adaptation in cities
Cities are increasingly integrating climate adaptation
priorities into development policies and plans. However,
there remains a gap in understanding how incremental urban
adaptation solutions can lead to more transformative change
over the long term.
This paper systematically reviews literature and case studies
across the global North and South to assess the barriers and
enablers to transformative climate adaptation, focusing on
examples and evidence from a wide range of cities. We highlight three key action areas that cities can
focus on to help advance transformative urban
adaptation: mainstreaming information on climate risks
in the spatial planning and delivery of urban services;
partnering with vulnerable and informal groups to build
their resilience; and using nature-based solutions to
respond to water, heat, and other risks.