Key actions for resilient and adaptive cities of the future
Planning for Climate Adaptation
Only 26% of cities have an adaptation plan – none have managed full-scale adaptation. The costs of extreme events are damaging and significant, many of which can cause cascading impacts on the economy, natural ecosystems, infrastructure, and our most vulnerable communities. This report combines insights and expertise from multiple disciplines and explores the challenges facing climate adaptation.
Planning is constrained by silo thinking, friction between institutions and a focus on short-term development agendas.
Cities are falling behind on the implementation of urban adaptation. Traditional approaches to urban development are ill-equipped to cope with current and future challenges of climate change, and planning is constrained by silo thinking, friction between institutions and a focus on short-term development agendas.
Adaptation requires an appreciation of the complexity and interrelatedness of urban systems, including the variety of sectors and disciplines at play in our cities. Whilst challenges and barriers can occur within the procor human resources, a lack of momentum to disrupt norms and habits, and failure to innovate eesses of Understanding and Planning for urban climate adaptation, the Implementation phase faces specific barriers to success, alongside the cascading challenges from earlier phases.
Implementation commonly faces barriers such as a lack of financial valuate and learn quickly from adaptation solutions. This makes it a critical domain for imrovement and acceleration.