Resilient Cities 2

Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change – Proceedings of the Global Forum 2011

  • Konrad Otto-Zimmermann

Part of the Local Sustainability book series (LOCAL, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlix
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Konrad Otto-Zimmermann, Alice Balbo
      Pages 3-8
  3. Urban Risk and Assessing Vulnerability at the Local Level

  4. Toward the Resilient City

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Kristina Yuzva, Monika Zimmermann
      Pages 101-103
    3. Martha Delgado
      Pages 105-111
    4. Julia Marton-Lefèvre
      Pages 113-118
    5. Christoph Rat-Fischer, Florian Rapp, Philipp Meidl, Norbert Lewald
      Pages 119-124
    6. Julien Custot, Marielle Dubbeling, Arthur Getz-Escudero, Jon Padgham, Rafael Tuts, Sylvie Wabbes
      Pages 125-137
    7. Christoph Kasper, Andrea Rau
      Pages 139-147

About these proceedings


Despite the cynicism of skeptics, climate change really is happening, and its effects will be most pronounced in cities. Many are vulnerable to small rises in sea level, while urbanisation is adding demographically derived stresses to already-pressurised urban ecosystem services. The combination of these factors suggests that efforts to respond to the negative impacts of climate change will have to be made at the local level, even as we collectively continue the important work of shaping and implementing adaptation and mitigation actions. In examining the most likely consequences of this ‘double whammy’ of environmental and population impacts on urban areas, this book makes clear the need to incorporate climate change concerns into the mainstream of local planning, governance and policy making practices. By offering the conceptual framework for adaptation and implementation within cities, along with more practical adaptation measures, the authors demonstrate the key role cities must play in the fight against climate change. With urban communities as various as Copenhagen, Mexico City and Ho Chi Minh City already enacting policy proposals such as ‘climate-proofing’ their infrastructure, there is much that other cities can learn from those in the vanguard.

Assembling papers originally presented at the Resilient Cities 2011 Congress in Bonn, Germany (June 2011), the second global forum on cities and adaptation to climate change, this volume is the second in a series resulting from this annual event. These cutting-edge papers represent the latest research on the topic and reflect the intensification of the debate on the meaning of and interaction between climate adaptation, risk reduction and broader resilience.


 ICLEI  climate change adaptation  resilient cities  sustainable cities  sustainable development

Editors and affiliations

  • Konrad Otto-Zimmermann
    • 1
  1. 1.BonnGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-4222-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-4223-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-2782
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-2790
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