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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.
Author: Chu, Eric; Brown, Anna; Michael, Kavya; Du, Jillian; Lwasa, Shuaib; Mahendra, Anjali
Language: English
Pubished By: Global Commission on Adaptation
Pubished date: October 2019

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