ELLA Learning Alliance on Climate Resilient Cities – Discussion 7: Improving Infrastructure for Climate Resilience in Cities
This discussion allowed participants to analyse the infrastructural weaknesses in their cities that are becoming increasingly problematic given the changing climate. Experts from African, Asian and Latin American cities considered why infrastructure is not meeting the needs of city dwellers, and what might be done to encourage investments in infrastructure. Interviews with Latin American experts from Mexico City, Mexico, and Lima, Peru, highlighted successful strategies for improving wastewater management. Key factors to success in these cases included a good return on public spending (Mexico) and an integrated approach (Peru). Participants from Africa and Asia also shared successful examples from their cities.
- Urban infrastructure in cities across Africa, Asia and Latin America was poorly planned, is unable to meet the needs of growing urban populations, and is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
- On the whole, urban infrastructure is not properly maintained and a lack of public awareness often exacerbates existing weaknesses.
- In order to upgrade infrastructure to meet the needs of growing populations facing increasing climate risks, there is a need for integrated city development plans involving multiple-stakeholders.
- Significant financial commitments need to be made to improving the climate resilience of existing infrastructure.
Other ELLA knowledge materials relating to City-level Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation:
GUIDES AND BRIEFS
LEARNING ALLIANCE HIGHLIGHTS