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Urban Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change

Begins:   May 23, 2012 09:00
Ends:   May 23, 2012 12:30

May 23, 2012
World Bank, Washington, DC

Rooftop CommunityCities now concentrate over 70% of the world’s GDP and over half of the world’s population; with 90% of urban growth occurring in the developing world. Cities are important sources of jobs, income, education and opportunity, attracting an estimated 70 million new residents per year. As the world urbanizes, governments are decentralizing responsibility and authority, making the need for the World Bank to address urban development not only a timely, but an urgent priority.

The Bank’s Urban and Local Government Strategy advocates a new paradigm aimed at harnessing urbanization for growth and poverty reduction. Cities are particularly vulnerable to climate change and are expected to absorb the majority of the $70-100 billion in adaptation costs. Increasingly, climate change adaptation research and projects are emerging as an important part of the Bank’s work. This learning event aimed to capture some of the recent research, practice and tools available for building urban resilience and adaptation to climate change. It also provided a space for knowledge exchange across World Bank sectors and units.

(Please click on the agenda item to access the presentation; all links are to pdf documents.)

Adobe Connect recording part 1 
Introductory Remarks Zoe Trohanis, Sr. Infrastructure Specialist, EASIN
3rd Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation: de-brief Anthony Bigio, Senior Urban Specialist, FEUUR
Cities and Flooding  Zuzana Svetlosakova, Disaster Risk Management Team, EASIN
Climate Change, Disaster Risk and the Urban Poor  Judy Baker, Lead Economist, WBIUR
Urban Resilience in Dar es Salaam Barjor E. Mehta, Senior Urban Specialist, AFTUW
Adobe Connect recording part 2 
A Path to Increase Seismic Resiliency in Bangladesh  Marc S. Forni, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist, SASDU
Strengthening Climate Change Adaptatin in LAC Cities  Niels B. Holm-Nielsen, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist, LCSUW
Urban Climate Adaptation Planning  JoAnn Carmin, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT
Concluding Remarks Zoe Trohanis, Sr. Infrastructure Specialist, EASIN

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