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
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
The vulnerability and capacity of cities to respond to risks
Solutions to urban future proofing
Main findings and recommended next steps.
Godfrey, N.; Savage, R. Future proofing cities: risks and opportunities for inclusive urban growth in developing countries. Atkins, Epsom, UK (2012) 188 pp.