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Check out our second webinar on integrated climate action!

20 November 2014 

“Long-term success of adaptation depends on the scope and success of mitigation efforts – adaptation should not replace mitigation but should recognize mitigation as a fundamental form of long-term adaptation and aim to integrate the approaches and objectives” Astrid Westerlind-Wigström, Resilient Cities 2014 

Our second webinar on Integrated Climate Action was concluded yesterday, 19 November 2014. The topic of linking climate change mitigation and adaptation was presented by three city representatives and spurred an interesting Q&A session. A brief presentation on how carbonn Climate Registry can contribute to an integrated climate action approach launched the webinar yesterday, followed by an introduction of Bogota’s Humana Development Plan and an overview of Surrey’s Community Climate Action Strategy.

The live recording and full presentations of this webinar are here.

Join Resilient Cities second webinar session!

12 November 2014

Resilient Cities is in the midst of its 2014 webinar sessions. Join our upcoming webinar focusing on strategies for integrating climate change adaptation and mitigation as part of a holistic climate change action approach. 

Integrated Climate Action: Linking adaptation and mitigation

Wednesday, 19 November, 17:00-18:00 CET

Speakers:

  • Lucas de Moncuit, Project Officer, carbonn Center, ICLEI World Secretariat
  • Francisco Bocanegra Polania, Advisor, Environmental Control Division, Bogotá Municipality, Colombia
  • Anna Mathewson, Sustainability Manager, City of Surrey, Canada
  • Carrie Baron, Drainage & Environment Manager, City of Surrey, Canada

The webinar is free of charge. For more information on past and upcoming webinars please visit our website

Check out our first webinar on ICT solutions in adaptation!

7 November 2014

Our first webinar of the year concluded successfully on November 6th. The webinar focused on how the application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT's) in adaptation planning can enhance the adaptive capacity of local communities to climate change, as well as facilitate their engagement in local resilience-building actions. The speakers highlighted the importance of ICT solutions for resilience and shared practical examples of their implementation in Bologna, Italy and Uganda. A fruitful Q&A followed at the end of the presentations.

The live recording and full presentations of this webinar are here

Open European Day 2014 conference report is published

3 November 2014

On 28 May 2014, around 110 representatives from mainly local authorities but also research institutions and other stakeholders gathered for the second edition of the Open European Day as a part of the global Resilient Cities conference in Bonn, Germany. This conference report summarizes the lively discussions during that day and sheds light on several emerging themes, strategic questions and practical solutions. The last section of the conference report presents some conclusions and recommendations for the achievement of more resilient European cities in the future. Download the full report here

Resilient Cities webinar series returns November 6!

For the third year, the Resilient Cities Webinar Series will bring together experts and local government practitioners in the field of urban adaptation and resilience to continue conversations initiated at the Resilient Cities 2014 congress. The first webinar of the year takes place Thursday 6 November from 15:00-16:00 CET and focuses on:

Communicating Resilience and using ICTs for climate change adaptation

Speakers:

  • John Yaist, Technology Evangelist, Esri (Introduction)
  • Piero Pelizzaro, Head of the International Cooperation Unit, Kyoto Club, Rome, Italy
  • Berhane Gebru, Director of Programs, TechLab, FHI 360, Boston, USA

The webinars are free of charge. For further information about the webinar and updates on upcoming sessions, please visit our website.

New regional forum to discuss resilience in the Asia-Pacific

27 October 2014

Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific 2015 is organizing the First Asia-Pacific Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation on 11-13 February in Bangkok, Thailand.

This first regional forum on resilience and adaptation to climate change is anticipated to attract over 200 participants from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, including mayors, local government representatives, UN agencies, researchers and private sector partners. The event will offer a variety of innovative solutions specifically designed for Asian cities and help local governments mainstream these solutions into policy and practice. In addition, the creation of an Asia-Pacific Mayors’ Council on Climate Change as a regional advocacy movement of local governments and opportunities for partnerships between local governments, donor communities and the private sector will be discussed and explored at the Forum.

For more information on Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific 2015 visit its brand new website and/or contact iclei-southasia(at)iclei.org

International Innovation's Editorial on Resilient Cities 2014

14 October 2014

“On 29-31 May 2014, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability hosted the 5 Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation: the Resilient Cities Congress. Providing solutions to marry urbanisation and climate change adaptation, this year’s Forum cemented the importance of engaging local and global stakeholders in collaborative climate mitigation, adaptation and resilience processes.” 

Excerpt from the 12-page coverage of the event, courtesy of International Innovation – a leading scientific dissemination service for the wider scientific, technology and research communities. The complete International Innovation’s editorial on Resilient Cities 2014 is now available and can be downloaded here.

Visit Research Media’s brand new free-to-access International Innovation website (www.internationalinnovation.com)

Call for contributions opens today!

1 October 2014

Contributions for ICLEI's 2015 Resilient Cities Congress can now be submitted!

Proposals will be accepted for presentations, panels, workshops, trainings, posters, Reality Check Workshops, co-events, and alternative formats. The call for contributions will remain open until the deadline of 1 December 2014.  

Please submit your contribution here.

Resilient Cities 2014 Congress Report has been published

30 September 2014

The Resilient Cities 2014 congress report summarizes the core discussions and outcomes of the congress, and provides suggestions, lessons learned, and solutions for various aspects of urban resilience and adaptation planning. It also features numerous case studies from cities around the world, and offers current, actionable advice for local governments to create more resilient cities. Download the full report here