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Five principles for climate-resilient cities


The recent catastrophic floods in China, Belgium and Germany underscore the importance of building climate-resilient cities. We represent a consortium that has proposed a comprehensive climate-adaptation programme, one that can guide urban decision-making and governance to better prepare for future climate-related events. Such efforts hinge on five principles learnt from earlier disasters. The world must: improve early-warning systems and strengthen flood barriers and civil protection, in particular for smaller watersheds; develop ‘sponge’ cities and landscapes that harness nature-based flood-risk mitigation; carry out climate risk assessments of critical infrastructure such as hospitals, transport and freshwater supply; climate-proof exposed buildings; and reinforce action with strong political cooperation and solidarity, particularly with the most vulnerable groups of people.
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Christian Albert, Samuel Rufat, Christian Kuhlicke. Five principles for climate-resilient cities. Nature, 2021, 596 (7873), pp.486-486. ⟨10.1038/d41586-021-02309-9⟩. ⟨hal-03347098⟩
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