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Virtual Library File - ICLEI: Resilience Library

The Challenge

Projections say that by 2050, the world will have undergone the largest and fastest period of urban expansion in human history. The urban population is estimated to double, while at the same time, the ...

Projections say that by 2050, the world will have undergone the largest and fastest period of urban expansion in human history. The urban population is estimated to double, while at the same time, the total urban area is projected to triple. City dwellers in emerging and developing countries, and their resource-intensive lifestyles, are increasingly going to create challenges in supporting many aspects of daily life. More urban dwellers require more resources such as water, land, food, and energy. These increases in demand put pressure on natural ecosystems in supporting cities. In addition, climate change, rising sea levels, or extreme weather events pose additional threats to cities. Infrastructure failure, such as electricity grid disruptions, flooding, diseases, and large-scale pollution, are some of the potential consequences.

The “ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability” intergovernmental network of local governments compiled a comprehensive online library of studies, reports etc. on cities, cities’ resilience and adaptation to climate change. The library is structured into sub-topics, including e.g. “urban resilience planning”, “examples of urban adaptation strategies”, or “costs and finance”, for a more targeted orientation of the reader.

ICLEI: Resilience Library