Analytical framework to evaluate the level of integration of climate adaptation and mitigation in cities

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Low carbon and climate resilient urban development are becoming important objectives to be achieved
in order to assure sustainable urban development pathways. Traditionally, cities have treated climate
mitigation and adaptation strategies in isolation, without addressing their potential synergies, conflicts
or trade-offs. Recent studies have shown that this can lead to inefficiencies in urban planning, conflicting
policy objectives and lost opportunities for synergistic actions. However, in the last few years we have
observed that cities are increasingly moving towards addressing both mitigation and adaptation in urban
planning. Cities need to pay particular attention and understand the rationale of both policy objectives
while considering integration of the two policies in urban planning and decision-making. This study
presents the development of an analytical framework to evaluate the level of integration of climate
mitigation and adaptation in cities’ local climate action plans. We tested this framework in 9 selected
major cities, representatives from all continents, which are frontrunners in climate action both in their
regions and globally. We applied the framework in order to evaluate the level of mitigation and
adaptation integration in cities’ CCAPs and further explore the different types of mitigation – adaptation
interrelationships that have been considered. We also devised a scoring system in order to be able to
compare and rank the different CCAPs regarding their level of integration of adaptation and mitigation.
The paper draws good practices to support cities in developing climate change action plans in an
integrated way.
AlkuperäiskieliEnglanti
JulkaisuClimatic Change
TilaHyväksytty/Painossa - 2019
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