Fostering urban resilience: IDRC at the IPCC Cities and Climate Change Science Conference


Event date:
March 05, 2018 to March 07, 2018
Edmonton, AB

IDRC joins more than 800 international delegates at the inaugural Cities and Climate Change Science Conference, March 5-7, 2018. Co-sponsored by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the conference will explore what we know — and what remains to be studied — about the full impacts of climate change on the world’s cities. 

IDRC will showcase its work in adaptation and resilience-building with vulnerable communities, hosting two panel sessions and two poster presentations. The Centre has supported 7 researchers from 6 developing countries to present their work at the conference.

As an official observer agency of the IPCC and a committed partner of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, IDRC is a co-sponsor of the Cities and Climate Science Conference. 

IDRC’s participation aims to further the dialogue around urban resilience, deepening our shared understanding of what climate change means for cities in global hotspots. By convening development experts working on urban issues, IDRC will contribute to the evolving research agenda on how to best implement effective and lasting climate action in these cities.

Panel sessions:

What does the transition to a 1.5 C city look like?

Climate change adaptation in cities: insights on actors, institutions, and agendas

Poster presentations:

  • What to adapt for? Climate change risk profiles for South African cities = future (urban growth and vulnerability) x (hazard footprints) ÷ (coping capacity), poster by Willemien Van Niekerk, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa
  • Water in Himalayan towns: Lessons for adaptive water governance, poster by  ICIMOD (as a part of the HI-AWARE consortium), presented by Bruce Currie-Alder

About the IPCC Cities and Climate Science Conference

The conference is co-sponsored by the Cities IPCC, part of the United Nations Environment Program (UN Environment) and the World Meteorological Organization. The conference aims to assess the state of academic and practice-based knowledge related to cities and climate change, and to establish a global research agenda based on the joint identification of key gaps by the academic, practitioner, and urban policymaking communities.