UCCRTF releases three briefing notes to help define urban climate change resilience

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December 2018

The Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund (UCCRTF) has recently published a set of three briefing notes that helps to define the concept of urban climate change resilience.

The first provides useful guidance about how resilience relates to adaptation and disaster risk reduction. The second briefing note explores the relationship between resilience and sustainable development, and the third highlights how green urban spaces and green infrastructure can build resilience in the urban context. 


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Briefing note 1:

Resilience can hold specific meanings for different disciplines. This document provides a definition of urban resilience relevant to UCCRTF and describes the relationship between urban resilience, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and disaster risk reduction for infrastructure investment. Read more.


Briefing note 2

Urban resilience and sustainable development

Over the past decades, a number of approaches and concepts have emerged to enhance the design, planning, and implementation of physical infrastructure in cities in ways that maintain or improve quality of life while reducing environmenta environmental impacts. These include sustainable development and urban resilience. This document explains sustainable development and its relationship to urban resilience. It highlights the importance of building resilience to achieve sustainable development objectives. A series of examples demonstrate how sustainable development can be practically applied to city development planning, sector-specific plans, and physical interventions. Read more.


Briefing note 3

Green infrastructure and other nature-based solutions are included in the portfolio of interventions supported by UCCRTF to support urban climate change resilience. This document provides concise definitions of green urban spaces, green infrastructure, and nature-based solutions. A series of examples are provided to demonstrate how practitioners may adopt green infrastructure alongside traditional ‘gray’ infrastructure solutions to strengthen urban resilience, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and disaster risk reduction.
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ADB's Vision of Livable Cities

ADB’s vision is to transform the archetypical chaotic, polluted, inequitable cities of Asia and the Pacific into a competitive, equitable, environmentally sustainable, and climate resilient urban centers—in short, livable cities. This will require a new approach to city development, including how ADB supports that development.

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