Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network
Catalyzing awareness, funding, and action to build up Asian cities’ resilience to climate change
Focused on strengthening cities’ capacities to plan, finance, and implement urban climate change resilience (UCCR) strategies when it was first established by The Rockefeller Foundation in 2008, the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) is now active in more than 40 cities across six climate-vulnerable countries where it connects, supports, and facilitates collaboration to advance urban resilience. In 2016, ACCCRN established its own network with an independent secretariat, and continues to help develop robust resilience plans for addressing climate challenges. Today, several ACCCRN cities are members of 100 Resilient Cities, bringing their lessons and best practices to other urban centers around the world.
A third of the natural disasters that have occurred around the world in the last three decades have been in Asia. Asia’s cities—among the areas in the world most vulnerable to climate change events—are growing rapidly: By 2025, 30 of the world’s megacities, or urban areas with populations exceeding 10 million, will be in Asia. Yet by mid-century, the region could face annual disaster losses exceeding $19 billion.
Among the most at risk are the poorest urban populations who live in informal settlements in hazard-prone areas. Even if global action is taken today to aggressively reduce carbon emissions—action that is urgently needed—Asian cities are already feeling the immediate impacts of climate change. For example, rising temperatures are 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. ACCCRN has since expanded this work to dozens of new cities and two additional countries—Bangladesh and the Philippines, and is now active in more than 40 cities across the region.
In addition to ACCCRN’s direct work with cities, the network 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.
The Rockefeller Foundation had approved and funded 42 city projects that build UCCR using interventions that were initiated in ACCCRN’s 10 core cities, and have amounted to US $16 million, with some additional contributions from local governments and other local partners.
Learn more about ACCCRN and The Rockefeller Foundation’s approach to building resilience at https://www.acccrn.net.
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