SWECO Urban Insight: Planning for Climate Adaption
SWECO has launched a guidance on Key actions for resilient and adaptive cities of the future. According to experts , mainstreaming and acceleration of climate action has not always followed suit – implementation is not happening at the same rate as planning. Only 26 % of cities in Europe have an adaptation plan, and in 2018 just 17 % had a joint adaptation and mitigation plan. Moreover, the problem is particularly acute in smaller cities, as larger cities (>500.000 inhabitants) represent the largest share of cities with either a mitigation or adaptation plan.
They also state that even when cities have an Adaptation Plan, implementation of those plans is crucially lagging behind. This Urban Insight report, “Planning for Climate Adaptation”, aims to guide acceleration of climate adaptation in cities at the scale and urgency essential for future sustainability and resilience. For the report SWECO has extensively interviewed and researched key cities at the forefront of climate adaptation implementation. Combined with their own insights and expertise from multiple disciplines, they explore the challenges facing climate adaptation and provide cities, planners and citizens with 10 key opportunities for resilient and adaptive cities of the future.
The SWECO UrbanInsight report can be downloaded here.