AsianCitiesAdapt has produced a variety of information material to support and guide decision-makers in cities towards making their cities more resilient towards climate change impacts. Take a look!



Local governments championing adaptation to climate change - A primer for decision-makers in Asian cities

This primer is dedicated to local governments in Asia and mainly addresses city decision-makers who are at the point of moving climate change higher on their political agenda and creating a safer and healthier place for their communities to live and work. It introduces readers to the most important practical aspects of a process for climate change adaptation.

This document outlines a process that urban planners, city developers, green space managers, health workers etc. - local government officials from all sectors can take up to become drivers for climate change adaptation through investigating the challenges, engaging their stakeholders and getting ready for action.

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Policy Pointers

The Policy Pointers shall provide local governments with basic insights into selected climate change impacts and present first options of preventing and adapting to them.

Policy Pointer No. 1 - Tackling Urban Landslides

Especially in cities located close to mountains and hills, landslides are a social, economic and ecological challenge, presenting a direct danger to human lives, properties, and infrastructure. Urban expansion including the replacement and clearing of vegetation for building and road construction can lead to soil erosion. More and heavier rainfalls induced by climate change also contribute to the loss of soil stability, increasing the likelihood of landslides even more. This Policy Pointer looks at the drivers and consequences of landslides in cities and ways of taking action.

Take a closer look here!

Policy Pointer No. 2 - Responding to Urban Heat Island Effects

Rapid urban growth and high population density coupled with sealed surfaces, and a lack of green areas in combination with projected climate-induced changes exacerbates the risk of urban heat islands in cities. This Policy Pointer takes a look at why cities are more vulnerable to heat waves, the consequences for their inhabitants and first ways taking action.

Get a better understanding of the urban heat island effect here!

Policy Pointer #3 - Addressing Urban Flooding

Extreme rainfall events and typhoons cause flooding that threatens the integrity of urban and economic systems, as well as human lives and properties. With a changing climate and continuing pressures for development, the frequency and severity of flooding and consequently the damage caused is likely to increase significantly over the next few decades. This Policy Pointer highlights the drivers and consequences of flooding and offers first ideas on how to tackle this phenomenon.

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Policy Pointer #4 - Adapting to Sea-Level Rise

Sea-level rise constitutes a direct threat to human lives, properties and infrastructures. Coastal cities are particularly exposed to multiple risks resulting from a combination of the effects of climate change and more frequent and intense tropical cyclones with all their consequences. This Policy Pointer takes a look at what causes rising sea-levels, its effects and first steps towards taking action.

Learn more about sea-level rise here!


Would you like to know more about how the project cities in India and Philippines adapt to the impacts of climate change?

Take a 30 minute break to watch at the full documentary "Knowledge and Action - Climate Change Impacts in Asian Cities and Ways to Adapt" here:

Asian Cities Adapt