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Development of Kurunegala as a climate smart city

Context

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.

CTCN Support

Assistance 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 

Expected Impact

  • Enhance climate resilience and low carbon pathways for the city: the climate smart city framework and action plan will guide policy makers and urban planners in making critical decisions in investing and implementing clean and green infrastructure, renewable energy, sustainable transport, waste management etc. The framework and action plan would also guide policy makers on how to increase the climate resilience of the city infrastructure, urban landscapes and urban community in the face of adverse impacts of climate change
  • Incorporation of climate resilient aspects and low carbon technologies into city development plans
  • Mainstreaming climate change considerations into provincial agenda

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