More than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas and this number continues to grow, with 1.2 million people migrating to cities every week. Three-quarters of the world’s largest cities are located on coastlines, and critical infrastructure—including water and sanitation, transportation, energy, and information technology—is vulnerable to climate impacts, such as rising sea levels, floods, heat waves, and higher winds. Inadequate infrastructure, housing, and basic public services may exacerbate the effects of climate change and threaten people’s health and livelihoods.
In cities around the world, innovative and creative solutions are being applied to reduce climate risks and build resilience to climate change.
Through the sharing of knowledge and best practices, this Twitter chat will highlight:
- How cities around the world, particularly in developing countries, are applying adaptation and mitigation actions to become more resilient to climate change and other threats.
- Cities and urban initiatives we can look to as examples and replicate.
- The biggest challenges to building resilience and how they have been addressed.
- How cities will honor commitments made at COP21.
- Finance, capacity building, tools, technologies, strategic partnerships, and other topics will also be covered in the discussion.
What is your city doing to build resilience? What have been your challenges and successes? Are you just getting started? We want to hear from you!
To join the Twitter chat, follow @ICMA, @Climatelinks, and @100ResCities. Ask us your questions and share your experiences using #ResilientCities. If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can follow the conversation here.
Register to receive a discussion recap and free resources after the chat.