27, May, 2014
LEARNING ALLIANCE HIGHLIGHT

ELLA Learning Alliance on Climate Resilient Cities – Discussion 2: Climate Vulnerability and Risk Assessments at the City Level

Two Brazilian experts involved in climate vulnerability and risk mapping showed participants how such exercises have been carried out in large cities in the country, and why they are so important. Practitioners from Africa, Asia and Latin America discussed whether risk mapping has been carried out in their cities, whether there has been a climate focus and the challenges that need to be overcome for mapping to be more effective.

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Key Conclusions:

  • Successful mapping exercises will likely involve multi-stakeholder groups, including community members, will be backed with political support and integrated into city plans.
  • Quantitative data from community members is extremely valuable because they best understand the local reality of risks.
  • Lack of political concern for climate issues in cites, and the resultant lack of funding for climate initiatives, is a major barrier to meaningful urban climate risk mapping. Climate change continues to be considered a rural issue in many areas.
  • Risk mapping alone is not enough, because often community members continue to occupy high risk areas; risk mapping should therefore be accompanied by awareness campaigns and strict monitoring of land use.

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