STAKEHOLDERS REVIEW WORKSHOP ON CLIMATE PROOFING TOOLKIT FOR URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE, WITH A FOCUS ON WATER AND SANITATION, HELD ON 30 JULY 2019 AT THE UN OFFICE IN NAIROBI, KENYA.

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Date and time: 
Tue, 2019-07-16 09:00
Location / Venue: 

UN OFFICE IN NAIROBI, KENYA.

The Director,  Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation Prof. Shem O. Wandiga was invited to discuss and present comments on “Climate Proofing Toolkit for Urban Infrastructure, with a focus on Water and Sanitation draft Review “ on a Stakeholders Workshop, held on 30 July 2019 at the UN Office in Nairobi, Kenya.

The draft toolkit developed by Urban Basic Services Branch of UN-Habitat offers guidance to policy-makers, planners and service providers on how to undertake climate change sensitivity and vulnerability assessments and to identify possible ways of integrating climate actions and responses into infrastructure planning and investment.

Climate change is expected to negatively affect the operation and performance of urban infrastructure and services. There is also growing consensus that inadequate attention to these climate change impacts during project planning and design phases will increase the long-term costs of the basic urban infrastructure investments and reduce their performance. It is therefore important to factor in potential climate change impacts in the design, construction, location and operation of both current and future basic urban infrastructure.

The workshop brought together representatives of national and local Governments, utility managers, climate change specialists and other experts from related fields.

The toolkit 's framework is solid. It aims at developing a database of tangible and intangible properties and assets of the likely impacted sites in the urban centre. This will help in the reconstruction of areas hit by extreme weather events. The one area which needs greater mention in the toolkit is the potential migration of the rural dwellers to urban centres due to floods or droughts. Secondly, the new driver of peoples' migration from rural to urban will be due to changed climate that does not enable pastoral and rural areas to provide resources to upkeep the present dwellers. About 53% of Africa's population will reside in the urban centres by 2050. Planning for the present and future urban infrastructure need to take this fact into account.

. Attached is a concept note with a preliminary workshop programme, and draft Toolkit

Expiry Date: 
Thu, 2037-07-16 09:00
Contact Person: 

Prof. Shem Wandiga

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Concept note stakeholders review workshop.pdf13.65 MB

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