Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network
Catalyzing attention, funding, and action to build climate change resilience in Asian cities.
One-in-three of the disasters that occurred in the world over the last 30 years were in Asia, and by mid-century, the region could face annual disaster losses exceeding $19 billion. To make matters more urgent, Asia’s cities—some of the most vulnerable urban areas to flooding in the world—are expected to grow rapidly: By 2025, 21 of the world’s projected 39 megacities (populations exceeding 10 million) will be in Asia.
The poorest urban populations are most likely to live in informal settlements in hazard-prone areas, putting them at the greatest risk for a range of climate threats. Even if global action is taken today to aggressively reduce carbon emissions—action which is urgently needed—Asian cities are already feeling the immediate impacts of climate change. For example, rising temperatures are already impacting the working conditions and health of low-income workers, and changing disease patterns due to changing climates are exacerbating health challenges.
The Rockefeller Foundation launched the Asian Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) in 2008 to help cities strengthen their capacity to prepare for, withstand, and recover from the projected impacts of climate change. This effort has resulted in insights into the process and range of actions that are needed to confront these dynamic shifts affecting urban areas.
We began with a focus on 10 cities in Vietnam, India, Indonesia, and Thailand. City-led projects include establishing end-to-end early warning systems in Surat, India, and storm and flood resistant credit and housing in Da Nang, Vietnam. We are now expanding this work to more than 50 new cities and two additional countries—Bangladesh and the Philippines. By 2016, more than 50 cities will have robust resilience plans for facing their climate challenges.
In addition to our direct work with cities, ACCCRN is also generating knowledge and platforms to equip national governments, multilateral donors, and the private sector to prioritize investments that advance urban climate change resilience across the continent. And today, several ACCCRN cities are now members of the 100 Resilient Cities Network, bringing these lessons and best practices to other cities around the world.
To learn more visit ACCCRN.net.
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