More than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and this figure is likely to increase to over 70% by the mid-century. Their inherent characteristics such as densely populated pockets, marginalized societies, and growing urbanization make them extremely vulnerable to climate change impacts, creating significant risks for large numbers of people. Urban development has long been incompatible with natural areas and has exploited the environment. However, proven technologies and management practices are now available, which can help cities to be models of environmental efficiency by lowering carbon footprint through more efficient infrastructure, policies, and planning.
This webinar has been designed by CTCN Consortium Partner, the Asian Institute of Technology, to be an introductory discourse on the inter-linkage between cities and climate change. The webinar will cover issues in both climate change mitigation and adaptation, particularly focusing on the technological interventions (hardware, software and orgware) that cities can adopt as part of their efforts to combat, and build resilience to, climate change. Through interactive Q&A sessions, participants will have the opportunity to put forward their questions and comments to the panel of experts.
Four experts will take part in this webinar:
- Dr. Sangam Shrestha: expert in climate change assessments and adaptation
- Dr. Shobakar Dhakal: expert in energy policies, carbon market and finance, and low carbon society
- Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon: expert in infra-structural planning, climate and costal cities
- Prof. Kim Oanh: expert in air pollution, environmental monitoring and modeling
The webinar will be facilitated by Dr. Victor Shinde from the Asian Institute of Technology.