Resilient Cities

Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change - Proceedings of the Global Forum 2010

  • Konrad Otto-Zimmermann

Part of the Local Sustainability book series (LOCAL, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xliv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Konrad Otto-Zimmermann
      Pages 3-9
  3. Describing Impacts at the Local Level

  4. Frameworks for Local Action – Challenges and Proactive Recommendations

  5. Local Strategies and Actions in Response to Climate Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Monika Zimmermann, Nathan Brettschneider
      Pages 189-191
    3. Luc Vrolijks, Ashley Spatafore, Anisha S. Mittal
      Pages 193-203
    4. Virginie Moffet, Matthieu Alibert, Caroline Larrivée
      Pages 213-221
    5. Dirk Heinrichs, Kerstin Krellenberg
      Pages 223-230
    6. Magnus Benzie, Alex Harvey, Karen Miller
      Pages 231-242
    7. Marta Olazabal, Efren Feliú, Borja Izaola, David Pon, Maria Pooley, Marimar Alonso-Martin et al.
      Pages 253-263
    8. Berry Gersonius, William Veerbeek, Abdus Subhan, Karin Stone, Chris Zevenbergen
      Pages 273-282
    9. Christian Korndörfer, Peter Teichmann, Frank Frenzel
      Pages 291-298
    10. Darryl Colenbrander, Gregg Oelofse, Anton Cartwright, Howard Gold, Sakhile Tsotsobe
      Pages 311-318
    11. Nicholas Ozor, Oguguah M. Ngozi, Maximus Ugwuoke
      Pages 319-327
    12. Frank Schwartze, Andreas Gravert, Ronald Eckert, Ulrike Schinkel, Ralf Kersten
      Pages 339-348
    13. Harry Storch, Nigel Downes, Lutz Katzschner, Nguyen Xuan Thinh
      Pages 349-363
  6. Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation in Cities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 397-397
    2. Sarah Opitz-Stapleton, Laura Seraydarian, Karen MacClune, Greg Guibert, Sarah Reed, Fern Uennatornwaranggoon et al.
      Pages 401-409
    3. Gabriel Grimsditch
      Pages 429-440

About these proceedings


Even with significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions, a certain degree of climate change will inevitably occur. Adapting to climate change, then, will become a necessary step in reducing the vulnerability of many regions across the globe. This is especially true for urban areas where climate change has been shown to have particularly destabilizing effects. Through the identification and analysis of the most relevant impacts facing urban areas, this book makes clear the need to incorporate climate change concerns into the mainstream of local planning, governance and policy making practices. Adaptation as a workable concept within urban areas cannot be treated in isolation from the many pre-existing challenges facing cities. By offering numerous examples of ongoing adaptation programs and strategies across a wide range of contexts, the authors show the growing potential of cities in the fight against climate change.

This book has its origins in a collection of papers originally presented at the Resilient Cities 2010 Congress in Bonn, Germany (May 2010), the first global forum on cities and adaptation to climate change, convened by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.  In this volume, the first in a new series dedicated to this annual event, a range of contributors bring their perspectives to bear on the most pressing issues and controversies surrounding adaptation to climate change within cities. These writings will prove invaluable to anyone interested in understanding and confronting climate change at the local level.



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Editors and affiliations

  • Konrad Otto-Zimmermann
    • 1
  1. 1.Global SecretariatICLEI - Local Governments for SustainabiBonnGermany

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