In the next 20 years the world’s urban population is expected to rise from 3.3 billion to 5 billion. Urbanisation will increase the pressure on infrastructure and services like road networks and the provision of electricity and water and sanitation. Climate change presents an additional challenge for cities in both developed and developing countries. Increasing temperatures, changing rainfall patterns, rising sea levels and more frequent and severe extreme events threaten to overwhelm urban infrastructure, emergency services, social services and urban management systems. Adaptation will require action at the local level to adapt to climate change and protect the residents, industries, societies and economies from the impacts of climate change.
This course is aimed at strengthening the capacity of city officials who have been particularly appropriate for local government employees in towns and cities that have recently identified climate change adaptation as a priority, but that are still at early stages in developing their responses.
The course will provide participants with a sound understanding of the key drivers and processes of climate change in urban areas. This will form the basis for more specific training on the key principles and practices of conducting vulnerability assessments, developing adaptation plans, and implementing adaptation projects. Upon completion of the course, participants will be equipped to undertake many of the activities that are necessary to strengthen the resilience of their cities, and will be sufficiently aware and knowledgeable to generate support for these actions within their municipal or local government agencies.
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