Community-led solutions to the challenges of climate change are creating more resilient city infrastructure, researchers have found.
Increased flooding, heavy storms and extreme weather events pose a particular problem in cities, with the poorest and most vulnerable people often bearing the worst impacts. Weak infrastructure and services magnify the impacts of extreme events for vulnerable groups.
How can we improve services to these groups? Is there a way to enable communities to develop their own resilience to climate change? These were some of the questions addressed by researchers from across Asia funded by the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) at a recent workshop in Bangkok.
Resilient cities are those able to face shocks and environmental challenges while at the same time addressing deficiencies in basic services. Residents of low-income urban communities are able to recognise and develop self-reliant services to build resilience to climate change, which then sets an example of appropriate and desired service provision for governments to follow. But what does this community-led planning look like on the ground?
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