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Building a Climate-Resilient City

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In recent decades, Alberta has experienced significant changes in its climate as well as its economy, population and environment. 

These growing climate risks have clear implications for local economies and the financial well-being of municipal governments. Well-planned adaptation measures can improve the quality of urban life as well as protect lives and infrastructure, strengthen community ties and improve economic performance.

Building a Climate-Resilient City is a series of nine research papers prepared for the City of Edmonton and the City of Calgary by the Prairie Climate Centre, a collaboration between the University of Winnipeg and the International Institute for Sustainable Development. This series looks makes recommendations for steps that cities can take as part of their municipal adaptation planning to build their resilience to climate change. It explores three key principles of resilience building: robustness (strong design), redundancy (building extra capacity into systems to act as fail-safe networks) and resourcefulness (citizen empowerment).

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    Eight Ways Cities Are Building Climate Resilience

    Eight Ways Cities Are Building Climate Resilience

    This essay looks at eight examples drawn from the Building a Climate-Resilient City research series prepared for the City of Edmonton and the City of Calgary by the Prairie Climate Centre. Read More
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    Building a Climate-Resilient City: Disaster preparedness and emergency management

    Building a Climate-Resilient City: Disaster preparedness and emergency management

    This policy brief examines the potential implications of climate change for disaster preparedness and emergency management in Alberta’s cities, and presents options by which the resilience of these systems may be enhanced. Read More
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    Building a Climate-Resilient City: The built environment

    Building a Climate-Resilient City: The built environment

    This policy brief looks at ways to cities can foster resilience in the built environment. Read More
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    Building a Climate-Resilient City: Electricity and information and communication technology infrastructure

    Building a Climate-Resilient City: Electricity and information and communication technology infrastructure

    This policy brief examines ways to build resilience in energy and information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure as a contribution to building urban resilience to climate change. Read More
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    Building a Climate-Resilient City: Water supply and sanitation systems

    Building a Climate-Resilient City: Water supply and sanitation systems

    This policy brief examines ways to build resilience in the water supply and sanitation system as a contribution to urban resilience building. Read More
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    Building a Climate-Resilient City: Transportation infrastructure

    Building a Climate-Resilient City: Transportation infrastructure

    This policy brief examines ways of building resilient urban transportation infrastructure to reduce exposure to natural hazards, decrease potential risks by implementing mitigation measures and enhance adaptive capacity in a changing climate. Read More
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    Building a Climate-Resilient City: Transformational adaptation

    Building a Climate-Resilient City: Transformational adaptation

    This policy brief focuses on how cities can build resilience to climate change through transformational adaptation. Read More
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    Building a Climate-Resilient City: Urban ecosystems

    Building a Climate-Resilient City: Urban ecosystems

    This policy brief focuses on measures related to urban ecosystems that cities can take to build their resilience to climate change. Read More
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    Building a Climate-Resilient City: Agriculture and food security

    Building a Climate-Resilient City: Agriculture and food security

    This policy brief focuses on measures related to agriculture and food security that cities can take to build their resilience to climate change. Read More
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    Building a Climate-Resilient City: Economics and finance

    Building a Climate-Resilient City: Economics and finance

    This policy brief focuses on economic and financial measures to build cities' resilience to climate change. Read More