WB-UN/ISDR: A Tool for Improving Climate Resilience of Cities

Climate Resilient Cities - A Primer on Reducing Vulnerabilities to Climate Change Impacts and Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in East Asian Cities. Photo credit, World Bank 6 August 2008: The World Bank, the UN International Strategy

for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction

and Recovery (GFDRR) have released an interactive report entitled ‘Climate

Resilient Cities,' which provides cities and their governments with guidelines

to reduce their vulnerability to climate change and strengthen disaster risk


The report, oriented towards cities in the East Asia and

Pacific regions, provides a tool to plan for climate change impacts and

impending natural disasters through sound urban planning.

The report encourage

cities to develop strategies for climate change adaptation and plans to

mitigate the consequences of future natural disasters, as well as ways to

reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Some of the measures are as simple as:

increasing public awareness of the consequences of climate change; providing

more green space; encouraging people to walk or use bicycles; and increasing

the use of energy-efficient public transport.

Others require legislative

support and public investment, including providing alternatives to fossil

fuels, and improving the quality of public infrastructure and buildings. The

report provides examples of sound practices from cities that have already taken

measures to improve climate resilience, presenting a wide range of mitigation

and adaptation options.

It also gives local governments information to actively

engage in training, capacity building, and capital investment programmes that

are identified as priorities for building sustainable and resilient

communities. [The

interactive report]