City Resilience Toolkit: Response to Deadly Heat Waves and Preparing for Rising Temperatures

NRDC, CDKN and partners (2016) Higher daily peak temperatures as well as longer and more intense heat waves are becoming increasingly frequent and extreme heat events already significantly impact India.This toolkit aims to prepare the city of Ahmedabad, India, for extreme heat events. Further, it offers a roadmap/how-to-manual to other interested cities and states that plan to adopt heat preparedness plans, identifying steps and best practices.

Urbanising Thailand: Implications for Climate Vulnerability Assessments

Richard Friend, Chanisada Choosuk, Khanin Hutanuwatr, Yanyong Inmuong, Jawanit Kittitornkool, Bart Lambregts, Buapun Promphakping, Thongchai Roachanakanan, Poon Thiengburanathum, Pakamas Thinphanga and Santiparp Siriwattanaphaiboon; IIED (2016) Summarising a series of studies, this report focuses on the dynamics of urbanisation and climate change risks as well as on the linkages between urbanisation, climate change and emerging patterns of urban poverty and vulnerability. This paper argues for a fundamental rethinking of urbanisation in Thailand. Current trajectories of urbanisation need to change; the future course needs to be based on a policy process founded on informed public dialogue.

Decentralisation in West Africa: The Implications for Urban Climate Change Governance

Loan Diep, Diane Archer and Cheikh Gueye; IIED (2016) Conducting a literature review, supported by two city case studies (Saint-Louis in Senegal and Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso), this paper looks at the linkages between decentralisation and urban climate governance. Decentralisation needs to progress further: confusion regarding overlapping roles and responsibilities between the central government and agencies acting at different levels need to be addressed and financing at the city scale remains a challenge.

Making Strides on Community Adaptation in Canada: Final Report

ICLEI Canada (2016) This was a project created to bridge the gap between planning and implementation by increasing the uptake of existing implementation-related resources. There is a growing implementation gap amongst Canadian municipalities. This final report gives seven recommendations and case study examples of accessible strategies designed to address common constraints to implementing adaptation actions.

Aligning Transnational Climate Action with International Climate Governance: The Road from Paris

Sander Chan, Clara Brandi, Steffen Bauer (2016) Reflecting on the Paris outcome, this article discusses the role of non-State and subnational actors – especially on the road to the Paris climate change conference. It argues that the intergovernmental and transnational spheres of global climate governance could mutually reinforce each other by continuing mobilization efforts to engage non-State actors and by harnessing greater ambition, both from State and non-State actors.

Measuring, Reporting, Verification (MRV) of Urban Low Emission Development

ICLEI (2016) This handbook aims to guide the local government’s approach to effectively address climate change, with a strong focus on mitigation. Yet, it can also be used for integrated sustainable development, stimulating the local green economy, and many other topics, using climate action as an entry point.

Climate Change Financing for Cities in Indonesia. Case Study: Kupang

Henriette Imelda, Torry Kuswardono, Fabby Tumiwa (2016) This document discusses the need for financing to support both climate change mitigation and adaptation to extreme weather events in Kupang, Indonesia. It finds that four aspects define Indonesia’s readiness for effective climate finance: planning capacity, accessing finance, good financial governance, and private sector engagement. This document is an output from a project commissioned through the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).

Financing Urban Adaptation to Climate Change

European Environment Agency (EEA) Report No. 2 (2017) Municipalities across Europe increasingly acknowledge the need to adapt to climate change and have begun to adopt various measures. Meeting the costs of adaptation measures for climate change is, however, a major challenge. Municipalities have found innovative ways to overcome that challenge and have started implementing measures. These solutions could be relevant for other cities, towns and smaller municipalities too, and examples are collected and presented in this publication as an inspiration. It offers insights into lessons learned on the ground regarding the most successful approaches, the difficulties encountered and overcome and the key success factors in financing local adaptation action.

Delivering Real Change: Getting International Climate Finance to the Local Level

M. Soanes et al., International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Working Paper (2017) Evidence shows climate finance reaching the local level delivers effective, efficient and sustainable results that enhance the impact of each dollar disbursed. This working paper explores the flows of climate finance within the main international climate funds, to understand how effective they are in getting finance to the local level and what design features enable or prevent local financing. It distils lessons from development funds that are experienced in local financing. It concludes by highlighting the ways in which local climate financing can be enhanced – to further improve the effectiveness of aid.

From Challenges to Solutions: How to Improve Integration of Climate Change Aspects into Urban Development Instruments, Strategies and Initiatives

Cities Fit for Climate Change Project (GIZ) and German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) (2017) This is the report of one of the International Learning Exchange Workshops organized by Cities Fit for Climate Change in partnership with Connective Cities in order to facilitate peer-to-peer knowledge exchange about climate-appropriate urban development among its three partner cities (Santiago, Chennai and Durban) and German and further cities. The workshop, held in Durban from 14 to 16 February 2017, pulled together a number of urban practitioners and gave them the opportunity to glean appropriate ideas from the workshop participants and to develop action plans for their own cities.