- Introduction and user guide
- 1. What is climate change?
- 2. What can we do?
- 3. Policy and partnerships
- 4. Youth unit
2e. Urban and climate
More than half of the world’s population lives in cities, a number forecast to rise to 66 per cent by 2050.
Cities are already facing extreme weather such as heatwaves (exacerbated by the urban heat island effect), flooding, rising sea-levels, water shortages, and increases in vector-borne disease; rapid unplanned urbanization heightens the exposure of the poorest residents to these climate-related hazards.
Most poor citydwellers live in cheap but high-risk areas such as hillsides, flood plains or subsiding land, and by 2030 climate impacts are projected to plunge 77 million people into poverty in African and Asian cities, increasing the load on already-stretched humanitarian agencies.
This module covers the impact of climate change in urban areas and the associated humanitarian challenges, and the design of climate-smart programmes in the urban context, including examples of urban work by National Societies.
- What is in this module?
- Powerpoint presentations with notes
A game to engage community groups in planning and collaborating to better
protect urban people, services and buildings from flood risk.
2e Invest in the future
A card game that combines story-telling and strategy to engage players in
thinking about sustainable development investment decisions.
2e The tree of knowledge
A short game that will explore the process of co-producing knowledge and coming to
integrated solutions in a changing world. Excellent for urban setting.
2e The third space
A short game that will explore working together in large teams and
tackling diverse components. Excellent for urban setting.
- 2e SURE!
- Relevant reading
- Red Cross Climate Centre Heatwave Guide for Cities
- City Heatwave Guide for Red Cross Red Crescent Branches
- Heat danger and COVID-19 checklist
- 2e IFRC Integrating climate change and urban risks into the VCA
- 2e IFRC Building urban resilience - A guide for National Societiest and contribution
- 2e IFRC Urban resilience scoping report
- 2e Learning from the City - British RC
- 2e City Wide Risk Assessment toolkit GDPC
- 2e World Bank Urban Risk Assessments - understanding Disaster and Climate Risks
- 2e UN The World Cities in 2018 data booklet
- 2e ALNAP urban systems stakeholders
- 2e Climate Change and Cities - summary for city leaders by UCCRN
- 2e Summary for urban policy makers implications of IPCC 1.5C report
- Red Cross/ Red Crescent example(s)
2e SURE programme urban VCA guidelines
The SURE programme is designed to improve the urban disaster resilience of Nepalese municipal
governments, the Nepalese Red Cross Society (NRCS) and citizens in seven municipalities.
2e Zuia Mafuriko and Ramani Huria - a flood resilience community partnership in Dar es Salaam
To reduce the impacts of floods in the most at risk locations of Dar es Salaam through
nformed risk analysis and evidence-based planning for institutional and community action.
2e Urban disaster risk reduction VCA in Lunga Lunga informal settlement in Nairobi
Urban VCA report from Lunga Lunga informal settlement in Nairobi conducted by
Kenya Red Cross Society.
- 2e SURE programme urban VCA guidelines
Investing in urban resilience
Video from the World Bank and GFDRR showing how building urban resilience is critical to
reducing poverty and promoting shared prosperity. WB/GFDRR [2.30]
Mega cities and mega heat
This video explains the impacts of climate change in Hong Kong and the response
of the Hong Kong Red Cross. IFRC [6.17]
Coalition building in coastal cities
This video explains the objectives and approach of the coalition building process
for urban resilience in coastal cities In Indonesia. GDPC [10:24]
Building Resilient Cities – 7 entry points for action
This video introduces Asian Development Banks Urban Climate Change Resilience concept
and 7 entry points for action. ADB [5.43]
Urban resilience in the Philippines – a multi-stakeholder approach
70% of the cities in the Philippines are located along the coast. This video explains how Cordaid
are helping the people living in them to become resilient to climate change. Cordaid [10.56]
- Investing in urban resilience
- Frequently asked questions or checklist