Climate Change Adaptation of Urban Infrastructure

How urban infrastructure is adapting to respond to climate change is one of the most important issues facing cities today. This collection of solutions and blocks provides a quick summary of resources on this topic.

Adaptation & resilience framework for the Bristol Avon catchment

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This is a multi-agency collaborative initiative to identify opportunities and risks for organisations by climate change disruption and economic austerity through greater integration of actions across sectors and political boundaries working at a catchment scale. This innovative initiative is in the process of engaging with other key strategic planning organisations and infrastructure providers to understand the interdependent risks and opportunities and deliver cross-sectoral adaptation actions in spatial planning at a catchment scale. It will address relevant Global Sustainable Development Goals at a local scale and highlight where the enhancement of our regional natural capital could be made in multiple distributed locations, to deliver multi-beneficial outcomes from collaborative investments. By integrating the framework into existing work streams, operational and investment plans, development decisions can be made based on wider identified risks, with wider costed solutions and routes to delivery that enhance the value of existing and future investments in the region.The ultimate aim is to create an attractive sustainable place for future generations, with a strong regional economy and enduring infrastructure supported by sustainable agriculture and resilient natural capital.

Climate Strategy and Energy Framework

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Bristol City Council has created the ‘Framework for Climate and Energy Security’ as part of being European Green Capital in 2015. This is the start of an ambitious process which seeks to create an integrated, adaptable and inclusive, sustainable city. This low carbon plan will be vital to reach the new target for Bristol to be Carbon Neutral by 2050. This is to be reviewed and refreshed every three years to provide a continuous process of improvement.

Climate change adaptation plan

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As a signatory of the Compact of Mayors, Bristol has a long-established approach to climate change mitigation. This action will build on this success and develop an approach to adaptation to climate change. A plan will be developed to future-proof the city by identifying the major climate hazards and their potential impact, a framework for adaptation, and identification of strategies to build climate resilience. Consideration of the issues will be required at a city scale with actions targeted at a local scale with their benefits well communicated.

Develop innovation and adaptive capacity

This solution addresses need for innovation in Mexico City, Mexico for local communities

Develop methodologies for resilience in infrastructure projects with adaptive measures for public facilities

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The concept of resilience is new, even within the decision-making process. This action is therefore aimed at influencing construction projects in the operation and improvement of strategic infrastructure and public urban facilities so that these projects incorporate resilience qualities, recognize the risks to which they are exposed, improve the effectiveness of adaptive measures, and better prioritize investments. This action helps promote a multifunctional information infrastructure that can reduce risks to the population, ensure continuity of basic services, and improve the environment and quality of life of the inhabitants of CDMX.

Foster regional collaboration

This solution addresses lack of regional collaboration in Mexico City, Mexico for local communities

Integrated approach to managing ecosystems and green infrastructure

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By creating an integrated management plan, Boulder will support its complex local ecosystem and plan for the systemic stresses and changes anticipated with climate change impacts. As part of Boulder’s long history of progressive planning, the city actively manages many aspects of the ecosystem, including monitoring wildlife-human interactions, maintaining a healthy forest canopy and conducting regular riparian renewal and restoration efforts. The success of these programs contributes to the city’s rich quality of life and sense of community. These programs also add to the ongoing success of Boulder’s signature planning achievement—the vast greenbelt of open space that encircles the city. Building on these efforts, Boulder will develop an integrated strategy that aims to knit disparate efforts to create a single management plan that will evaluate new opportunities and maximize value around existing and future green infrastructure planning initiatives.

Manage our future flood risk

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Tidal flooding from the River Avon has the potential to cause severe damage to the city centre. Bristol’s Central Area Flood Risk Assessment (CAFRA) predicts that the current trend of rising sea levels will accelerate due to the impact of climate change, causing the likelihood of tidal flooding in central Bristol. A strategy is being developed to recommend an adaptive programme, identify when flood risk management interventions are needed and examine how they will be funded.

Wild rainwater streets

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Greening local neighbourhoods helps to make our city more liveable, whilst also improving local biodiversity, enhancing sustainable drainage, and reducing the urban heat island effect and improve the city’s resilience to climate change. Bristol will build on existing initiatives, including Avon Wildlife’s Trust’s My Wild Street, Wessex Water’s Rainwater City, and Embleton Road SuDs, to develop an approach that communities across the city can engage in.