27, May, 2014

ELLA Learning Alliance on Climate Resilient Cities – Discussion 7: Improving Infrastructure for Climate Resilience in Cities

Experts from Africa, Asia and Latin America discussed infrastructural weakness in cities that are exacerbated by climate change, considered the causes for such weaknesses and possible means of overcoming these. Examples of successful programmes related to energy, housing, waste management and water management in Latin American cities were shared with Learning Alliance participants.

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.

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Key Conclusions:

  • 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.

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