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Global Urbanism Research Group

Responses to climate change

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Low income urban populations in the cities of the south are experiencing negative impacts of the changing weather associated with climate change.

Low-income urban populations in cities of the South are experiencing negative impacts of changing weather patterns associated with climate change and climate variability. Yet severe weather events that do not register as disasters nationally or internationally are rarely addressed in climate change adaptation debates. Identifying the adaptation strategies of urban poor households, small businesses and communities can help local authorities and public and private institutions improve their policies, and strategic plans and programmes aimed at building the long-term resilience of the urban poor. 

Our research includes:

  • ‘Pro urban poor asset adaptation to climate change in Mombasa Kenya and Esteli, Nicaragua’ project financed by the Social Division of the World Bank (2010-2011)
  • ‘Asset planning in cities of the Global South’ financed by the Ford Foundation and implemented in Cartagena, Colombia (on climate change adaptation) and in Pondicherry India (on impacts of environmental health) (2011-2012);
  • Planning for climate change adaptation in poor neighbourhoods of Tegucigalpa (Honduras) by identifying adaptive strategies that can help to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change in low-income neighbourhoods. The project, funded by the Nordic Development Fund through the Inter American Development Bank, works with both national agencies and local communities to address the challenges that severe and extreme weather events bring to the wellbeing of the urban poor (2014-2017). 

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