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Fifth Urban Research Symposium 2009: Cities and Climate Change: Responding to an Urgent Agenda

Marseille, France
Palais du Pharo
June 28-30, 2009 

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The topic for the 5th Urban Research Symposium was Cities and Climate Change: Responding to an Urgent Agenda. At a time when climate change is a major priority for the international community, this Symposium aimed at pushing forward the research agenda on climate change from a city’s perspective. Specifically, the main questions were structured around the impacts of city and urban growth on climate change; measuring and anticipating the consequences of climate change on urban quality of life, city assets, and local and national economies; and assessing alternatives to increase the resilience of cities and related costs and incentives required for successful implementation.

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Two publications are expected to be produced following the Symposium. The first publication will include the ten most relevant and cutting-edge research papers directed towards academics and researchers. The second will be a handbook aimed at decision makers of no more than 40 short papers on the practical applications of dealing with the challenge of climate change in cities. These papers will have a strong emphasis on policy implications, mitigation and adaptation strategies, and new options for financing climate change-related policies and technologies.

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