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Transforming Adaptation to Climate Change in Coastal Cities

Date: 24 Jun 2019

Transforming Adaptation to Climate Change in Coastal Cities
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Despite the knowledge of the scale and urgency of climate change, current climate action is insufficient to successfully tackle its impacts. Recognition of the problem is not translating into decisions that address root causes and promote transformative change and climate justice. Rapidly urbanizing coastal regions face the complex challenge of adapting to increasing climate impacts and ensuring equitable development while overcoming poverty and sharp inequalities—a particularly difficult set of tasks for local policy makers.

Based on examples from Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and Jakarta, Indonesia, the speakers at this seminar discussed issues of land rights and informality that shape uneven vulnerability to climate change in coastal zones, and highlighted the need for more integrated and transformative approaches to adaptation.

Nadja Charaby, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung

Opening Remarks
Eva Youkhana, Center for Development Research (ZEF)

Hendricus Andy Simarmata, University of Indonesia
Gusti Ayu Ketut Surtiari, Indonesian Institute of Sciences

Irit Eguavoen, Center for Development Research (ZEF)

Dunja Krause, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)

For more information about this event, contact dunja[dot]krause[at]un[dot]org