Analytical framework to evaluate the level of integration of climate adaptation and mitigation in cities

Grafakos S, Trigg K, Landauer M, Chelleri L, & Dhakar S (2019). Analytical framework to evaluate the level of integration of climate adaptation and mitigation in cities. Climatic Change: 1-20. DOI:10.1007/s10584-019-02394-w.

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Abstract

Low carbon and climate resilient urban development are becoming important objectives to be achieved in order to assure sustainable urban development pathways. Traditionally, cities have treated climate mitigation and adaptation strategies in isolation, without addressing their potential synergies, conflicts or trade-offs. Recent studies have shown that this can lead to inefficiencies in urban planning, conflicting policy objectives and lost opportunities for synergistic actions. However, in the last few years we have observed that cities are increasingly moving towards addressing both mitigation and adaptation in urban planning. Cities need to pay particular attention and understand the rationale of both policy objectives while considering integration of the two policies in urban planning and decision-making. This study presents the development of an analytical framework to evaluate the level of integration of climate mitigation and adaptation in cities’ local climate action plans. We tested this framework in 9 selected major cities, representatives from all continents, which are frontrunners in climate action both in their regions and globally. We applied the framework in order to evaluate the level of mitigation and adaptation integration in cities’ CCAPs and further explore the different types of mitigation – adaptation interrelationships that have been considered. We also devised a scoring system in order to be able to compare and rank the different CCAPs regarding their level of integration of adaptation and mitigation. The paper draws good practices to support cities in developing climate change action plans in an integrated way.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Risk & Resilience (RISK)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2019 08:56
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2019 14:02
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/15749

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