ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability has published the 2018 edition of its Resilient Cities Report, reflecting on developments in urban resilience and climate change adaptation, and highlighting tools, initiatives, case studies and solutions presented at the 9th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation, held in Bonn, Germany, from 26-28 April 2018.
The report discusses Global Forum sessions on:
strengthening multi-level governance to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
resilience and sustainability benefits from nature-based solutions;
reinforcing multi-stakeholder collaboration, including among the private sector, the insurance industry, climate scientists and community leaders;
links between urban resilience and resource efficiency/circular economy pathways; increasing challenges of Big Data and digitalization for cities and regions;
strategies to protect and preserve natural and cultural heritage for enhanced urban resilience; and
best practices for ensuring resilient food systems, enhancing social cohesion and citizen participation in resilience-building efforts.
The meeting also served as an official Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogue, during which delegates urged engaging all government levels to address climate change in the context of pursuing the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda (NUA). Participants emphasized the need to: abandon “silo thinking” and work together to align actions and visions with all relevant entities, including citizens; transform regulatory and governance frameworks; direct finance to local entities to implement national visions from the ground up; and act with more urgency in UN negotiations.
The report also notes discussions held during the Global Forum on urban resilience in small island developing States (SIDS). These discussions focused on promoting ecotourism; a collective SIDS decision on rules such as conservation regulations as a possible way forward; ecosystem-based adaptation for Pacific communities; and the first case of relocating a village to safer grounds due to climate change impacts in Fiji.
The Resilient Cities Report 2018 is available here.