Tackling extreme heat risks in cities: tools and approaches

Abstract: 

Heatwave risks are posing a significant challenge for the rapidly urbanizing world. For cities in developing countries, the risks of extreme heat events are less understood and often go unnoticed Unfortunately, the extensively built environment, high population and inherent inequalities make cities more vulnerable to extreme heat risks. On the other hand, the frequency and intensity of heat extremes is projected to rise in the changing climate. Increasing extreme heat risks pose a big threat to the most vulnerable urban poor who spend more time eking a living outdoors and return to poorly serviced informal settlements. At the city level, extreme heat is likely to exacerbate the energy demand and housing crisis consequently derailing efforts towards the realization of SDG goal 11. 

To address the issues of heatwaves PfR supported the development of a Heatwave guide for cities and a compendium guide on Urban Wetlands.  

 

In this session we will explore both guides and celebrate PfR achievements addressing heat risks in cities. Through interactive discussions, participants will brainstorm potential projects,policy incentives and research priorities that could be considered for future proposals. 

Speaker(s):

  • Roop Singh, Climate Risk Advisor for Red Cross Climate Centre
  • Sander Carpaij, Urban Resilience Coordinator Wetlands International
  • Eddie Wasswa Jjemba, Red Cross Climate Centre

Time Slot: 14:30-15:45 CET Nov 11.

Language: English

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