11 – 17 April 2018 —Cities and towns face a multitude of climate change and environmental challenges, while they are also the major contributors to climate change. Cities consume 78 per cent of the world’s energy and produce a significant share greenhouse gas emissions mainly through energy generation, transport, industry and biomass use. The local challenges in speindocific include limited access to clean water and sanitation, air pollution stemming from road traffic, industry and household use of low quality fuel, urban waste (including solid and toxic waste) and loss of urban eco-systems. At the same time cities – particularly among their poor populations – are heavily vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Hundreds of millions of people in urban areas across the world will be affected by rising sea levels, changing precipitation patterns, inland floods, more frequent and stronger cyclones and storms, and periods of more extreme heat and cold. Asia is one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change impacts.
The aim of this course is to provide an overall understanding on climate-compatible urban development, city resilience and sustainable environmentally friendly urbanization, both on a theoretical and practical level. It offers an interactive learning environment where participants are stimulated to exchange their experiences and learn from theories and practice in various parts of Asia and the Pacific with additional references from other parts of the world that are relevant for Asia.
The course targeted local city mayors, and senior managers who face or directly involved in the planning, management and implementation of climate change policies and urban resilience programmes in Asian cities.