Future proofing cities: risks and opportunities for inclusive urban growth in developing countries.

Abstract

This report aims to improve knowledge of the environmental risks and solutions relevant to cities in developing countries and to better identify the opportunities to support sustainable urban development in the face of environmental challenges such as climate change. It is intended for organisations or individuals with a role in helping to shape the cities of the future.

The foundation for this report is an integrated assessment of the risks, vulnerabilities, and capacities of 129 cities across 20 countries spanning Asia and Africa, and the development of five urban typologies to group these cities based on the most significant environmental risks they face.

This is combined with a new integrated framework for identifying policy solutions likely to be applicable to different types of cities which can also generate wider social and economic benefits. The report concludes with a summary of its findings and recommendations for future action.

The report covers:

  • An overview of the future proofing of cities approach
  • The interconnected risks facing cities and the development of urban types
  • The vulnerability and capacity of cities to respond to risks
  • Solutions to urban future proofing
  • Main findings and recommended next steps.

Citation

Godfrey, N.; Savage, R. Future proofing cities: risks and opportunities for inclusive urban growth in developing countries. Atkins, Epsom, UK (2012) 188 pp.

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