***Change of Venue*** St. Vincentius Hospital, Untere Neckarstraße 1-5, Heidelberg
Adapting to climate change requires action at all levels – from global advocacy, agenda setting and change of norms and standards to national policies, settlement-level strategies and local action. Building climate resilience for the urban poor requires a focus on enhancing the adaptive capacity of the poor communities, but also a change in the way we plan and build cities. To include the private sector– e.g. architects, planners and developers – is particularly important, since they play key roles in the developing processes.
Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) – the conservation, sustainable management or restoration of ecosystems– is of growing interest in this regard. EbA is based on the recognition that humans are inherently dependent on ecosystems to survive and thrive. It is therefore recognised as an approach capable of delivering multiple benefits in addition to adaptation, such as carbon storage, pollination, and improved health and wellbeing, by increasing the adaptive capacity based on equitable, sustainable development. However, EbA has yet to be effectively integrated into all levels of governance. Significant gaps remain in supporting action at the local level, where the impacts of climate change are acutely felt. The two segments in this cluster session will reflect on the challenges faced in this endeavour, particularly in attempting to build and increase the resilience of the most vulnerable communities and groups.
PART I Building climate resilience of the urban poor through policy, planning and design
• To define the scale of the challenge – climate vulnerability of the urban poor – who are they, where are they, and how many are they?
• To explore the connections between national policy, planning approaches and tools, and climate vulnerability of the urban poor
• To discuss development protocols that can be acceptable for urban poor communities, local authorities and private planning, design and development actors
• To explore how much it would cost to address climate vulnerability of all urban poor households globally, and how the global climate financing architecture might be mobilized towards the same
PART II Ecosystem-based adaptation to build resilience among vulnerable groups: local level responses
• To link to challenges and actions defined in preceding segment concerning the urban poor
• To present adaptation measures at local level with potential to provide co-benefits for resilience, with a focus on addressing the needs of vulnerable groups
• To outline contribution of each governmental level to a successful outcome, identifying key factors of success
• To outline recommendations for scaling up and accelerating collaborative climate action
Progress report from Global Commission on Adaptation – key findings (title tbc)
Global Dimensioning of the challenge of climate vulnerability of the urban poor
4 x 4 min ‘pitches’ from national/city/stakeholder representatives
What are the levers for upscaling local solutions?
• Mr. Kunal Kumar, Joint Secretary from the Ministry of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India (NATIONAL GOVT PERSPECTIVE)
• Ms Asiimwe Midius, Deputy Mayor of Jinja, Uganda (LOCAL GOVT PERSPECTIVE)
• Sheela Patel, SDI (COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE)
• Sara Candiracci, ARUP (PRACTITIONER PERSPECTIVE)
Discussion in 4 groups at tables, each addressing 1 question raised in pitches.
• What is the overall scale of the challenge? Are there key datasets already existing that can help map the climate impact on the urban poor? Where are the gaps? How can communities validate, enhance and use this data?
• What kind of interventions will help shift the needle for the urban poor? How would these be phased/ prioritized? What would it cost?
• What would be the elements of a new compact between the urban poor communities, local governments and private planning/ development firms? What should be the new protocols of collaborative climate action at the local level?
• How can we mobilize resources and support for this new paradigm of collaborative climate action? What policy support can national governments offer?
Report back in plenary
Any final clarifications, Q&A and wrap-up
5 x 3 min ‘pitches’ from national/city/stakeholder representatives
Each speaker to expand on the issues raised in pitches.
Discussion in 4 groups at tables, each addressing issues raised in pitches.
• What was the contribution of each level (local, regional, national) to a successful outcome?
• What were key factors for enabling collaborative climate action between levels of government and which are the existing barriers?
• Which recommendations do you have for scaling up and speeding up climate action, especially with regard to collaborative action between the three levels?
Report back in plenary
Questions and Answers