Asia and the Pacific is the world´s region most affected by climate change. While climate change mitigation is mostly discussed (inter)nationally, the impacts of climate change are felt at the local level. Many local government officials and other urban stakeholders have a basic notion of climate change issues, but so far have largely not been able to translate this more abstract knowledge into practical initiatives to better prepare their cities and vulnerable groups to extreme events and slow-onset changes. As negative climate change impacts are expected to worsen over the next decades, it is imperative to capacitate local governments and all urban stakeholders - especially vulnerable groups - to better prepare for and deal with them. This includes enhancing awareness and skills, collecting data and analyzing vulnerabilities, setting up institutions and processes capable of handling the challenges, and channeling sufficient finance and decision-making power towards increasing cities’ resilience.
To close the gap between abstract understanding of climate change issues and the ability to develop and implement local, practical solutions to climate change impacts, ESCAP, UN-Habitat and the Rockefeller Foundation are developing a Quick Guide and a set of related advocacy and training materials for policy makers on pro-poor, urban climate resilience in Asia-Pacific. With these, the project partners aim to contribute to the capacity development of policy makers and other key urban stakeholders to enable them to appropriately anticipate and react to local climate change impacts and to enhance resilience of poor and vulnerable populations and urban systems through appropriate actions, projects, processes and institutional arrangements.
Test Run of Training Materials, 17-19 July 2013