Kurunegala City is an intensively developing capital, located in the North Western Province of Sri Lanka. Like other world cities, the city of Kurunegala is facing socio-spatial climate vulnerabilities, including increasing extreme heat conditions, periods of flooding, air pollution, a decreasing drinking water supply, groundwater pollution, waste management issues, lack of sewage treatment and disposal facilities, and gradually diminishing urban biodiversity and recreation. Therefore, most urban systems in the city of Kurunegala are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and most crucial to adaptation challenges which have affected in the past/can affect in the future.
Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment contacted the Climate Technology Centre and Network to assist in the establishment of a “climate-smart” city framework design in close cooperation with all the city stakeholders in the municipality:
- Development of a framework and a comprehensive Master Plan for establishing Kurunegala as a climate smart city
- Climate risk/vulnerability assessment and suburb baseline status surveys of climate change, socioeconomic and ecological components
- Action plan for transforming Kurunegala City into a climate-smart city
- Building the capacity of city planners and policy makers