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Enhancing Urban Climate Change Resilience: Seven Entry Points for Action

 Growing interest in the concept of urban climate change resilience (UCCR) recognizes the complexity of rapid urbanization and uncertainties associated with climate change.

This working paper synthesizes existing knowledge on urban climate change resilience to identify seven entry points for actions. It is expected that the proposed entry points will benefit ADB’s developing member countries, development partners, staffs and projects under the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund to take actions for strengthening urban resilience.

  • Generating, sharing, and regularly updating data, information, and knowledge on how urban growth interacts or will interact with potential impacts of climate change is a first step for enhancing a city's ability to strengthen UCCR.
  • Forward-looking urban planning tools, such as land use planning and development planning that allow adopting integrated, inclusive, and reflective approaches, provide a comprehensive and sustainable route to enhancing UCCR.
  • Development processes associated with urban infrastructure and services, including water and sanitation, energy, transport and telecommunications, ecosystems, built environment, and health and social services, can strengthen UCCR.
  • Individuals and institutions within city governments often know the city intimately, and building their capacity is critical for bringing UCCR to life.
  • Community development processes that allow capturing diverse perspectives of communities, especially the perspectives of the most vulnerable, are essential for enhancing UCCR.
  • There are huge needs for and potential gains from involving the private sector in enhancing UCCR.
  • Catalyzing finance is key to the success of UCCR and includes finances available from different scales of governance.