CSaP worked with the Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and Environment to address how policy makers might better understand the effects of climate change on cities and urbanised and urbanising populations, and reflect on the adaptation of existing built environments and modes of governance. This Challenge brought together policy makers from the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Greater London Authority, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, with academic experts covering a diverse range of disciplines – from architecture, archaeology and international development to manufacturing, mathematics, and urban regional systems.
To address how policy makers might better understand the effects of climate change on cities, CSaP worked in partnership with the European Development Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment to bring together an interdisciplinary panel of distinguished speakers whose diverse perspectives illuminated the complexity of the problem of climate change and cities, and the urgency of the response required from government, industry, civil society and individuals.
You can download a video of the debate here.
Building on the success of the network created through the Policy Challenge, CSaP supported the European Development Bank for Reconstruction and Development in bringing together an expert panel to advise on climate resilience and resource efficiency in buildings, which will inform EBRD's investment planning in this sector in the highly climate-vulnerable countries of North Africa and the Middle East.
As part of this Policy Challenge, CSaP partnered with the Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment and Energy@Cambridge to host two public events as part of the Science Festival in 2014 and 2015. In 2014, we discussed Sustainable cities in an uncertain future, and in 2015, we considered Connectivity and flows in future cities.
The policy briefing for the Climate Resilience Policy Challenge is available to view and download here.