Dialogues for Solutions

Adaptation Futures

Sub-Saharan Africa
Cape Town, South Africa

From June 18 to June 21, the 5th International Climate Change Adaptation Conference, Adaptation Futures 2018 (AF2018), will take place in Cape Town, South Africa. It is the world’s premier conference on climate change adaptation. Prof. Chris Zevenbergen, Professor of Flood Resilience of Urban Systems, will speak with Bax&Company about Building capacity to bridge the investment gap in flood risk management

During the session Transnational City-to-City Learning to accelerate urban adaptation various speakers will discuss about City to City learning for Blue-Green Infrastructure; theory and practice from Europe. Cities around the world are facing unprecedented challenges as they deal with climate change, rapid urbanization, increasing disaster risks, volatile economies and environmental pressures. In order to accelerate progress towards climate resilience, collaboration, cooperation and coordination between cities is vital. Cities have the capacity to learn from each other’s knowledge and experience by engaging in City2City learning (C2C).

C2C learning is not necessarily new, though. Cities have been collaborating for years, however, many previous initiatives have greatly lacked a structured approach. There is current research on cities operating under a structured process for efficient shared learning and eventual implementation of new knowledge. C2C is applicable to several domains, enabling shared learning and development to tackle a multitude of issues around the world.

This presentation will give examples of C2C learning in the European perspective, propose one practical framework to guide and evaluate C2C learning, and propose theoretical frameworks for effective peer learning. The examples come from the EU-funded project BEGIN and are based on our analysis of resilience city networks for the Dutch Government and UN-ISDR. This project engages in C2C learning workshops across 10 cities on how to successfully implement and maintain Blue Green Infrastructures and deploy Social Innovation.


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