Cities Fit for Climate Change: Sourcebook and Climate-Proof Urban Development Approach / 2019


The project ‘Cities Fit for Climate Change’ is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag. The project also cooperates with the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI).
The project strengthens cities as key actors in sustainable development. It collaborates mainly with its three partner cities, Santiago de Chile in Chile, Chennai in India and Durban (eThekwini) in South Africa. Besides supporting the implementation of climate-proofing activities in its partner cities and strengthening global exchange on low-carbon and resilient urban development the project developed a Climate-Proof Urban Development Approach (ClimPUDA). The approach provides a framework for cities to refer to in their efforts towards becoming more climate-friendly. It arose as a response to a key question: What are the most strategically-important fields that cities need to engage with in tackling climate change? Four Fields of Action (FoA) were identified that conceptually form ClimPUDA. These four FoA are entry points for urban practitioners that provide guidance in developing implementing, and sustaining each city’s own climate-proof urban development efforts. The approach is published as part of the project’s knowledge product, the Sourcebook.

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