Building a Climate-Resilient City
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 infrastructures, 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 International Institute for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the University of Winnipeg’s Prairie Climate Centre. 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).
Building a Climate-Resilient City: Transformational adaptation
This policy brief focuses on how cities can build resilience to climate change through transformational adaptation.
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.
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.
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.
Building a Climate-Resilient City: The built environment
This policy brief looks at ways to cities can foster resilience in the built environment.
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.
Building a Climate-Resilient City: Economics and finance
This policy brief focuses on economic and financial measures to build cities' resilience to climate change.
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