Implementing and Financing Climate Adaptation
Highlights from the 100 Resilient Cities Global Summit
Global issues such as climate change, natural hazards, population growth, aging infrastructure and poverty are compounding in urban spaces, creating complex challenges. With more than half of the global population living in urban spaces and 80 percent of the global gross domestic product (GDP) coming from cities, creating sustainable solutions to address these challenges is vital. The pressure is on for cities like New York, whose population grew by 4.4 percent between 2010 and 2016, to become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges of the 21st century.
The good news? Cities and metropolitan regions around the world are acknowledging that local leadership must rethink the capacity, use and functionality of waterfront space. Arcadis’ Sustainable Cities Water Index, highlights how cities like Rotterdam and Toronto, that started integrating water management solutions and urban planning decades ago, have managed to turn resiliency threats into economic opportunities.
This has me wondering, what gets in the way of cities achieving similar outcomes, faster? I recently attended The Urban Resilience Summit 2017, organized by 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC)—where my colleague, Edgar Westerhof, and I collaborated with other 100RC partners to deliver an interactive workshop for Chief Resiliency Officers. The workshop focused on concepts, methods and tools for creating urban climate resiliency and best practices for financing climate change adaptation.
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