Steps to coastal resilience

Act NOW for coastal cities by following the following steps for coastal resilience from the Coastal Cities Resilience Framework.

With two decades’ experience implementing urban sustainability projects in African cities – and through the UNA Coasts Project – ICLEI Africa and its coastal cities co-development a coastal resilience framework. This enables cities to not only understand vulnerabilities but to develop tangible interventions that build climate resilience.

Population growth and climate change related impacts like sea-level rise, storm surges and heavy rainfall events are noticeably increasing coastal risks and degrading coastal ecosystems.

Recognize the coast’s value. Identify and understand coastal and marine features and processes.

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Develop an integrated database. Collate social, economic and ecological resources critical to communities.

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Education and raise awareness. Target the youth and vulnerable communities.

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Identify and address critical gaps in stakeholder understandings of climate change and associated coastal hazards.

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Engage with and institutionalize tools, processes and methodologies necessary for incorporating climate change consideration into risk assessments.

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Assess the risk and vulnerability of the city to coastal hazards and explore alternative scenarios for current and future events.

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Identify solutions for reducing vulnerabilities that are multi-functional; addressing social, economic and ecological needs.

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Integrate policies, plans and strategies that respond to major impacts. Provide clear direction for protection, management and sustainable development. Identify linkages between national and local plans and policies. This includes assessing overlapping mandates.

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Adopt effective processes for multi-level governance.

Promote working horizontally and vertically across government departments.

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Design adaptable infrastructure and building standards to meet future risk.

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Develop flexible adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) plans. These should strategically align and provide guidance for emergency response as well as options to “build back better” post-disasters.

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Integrate climate change impacts into due diligence for all project proposals and investment cases.

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Conduct feasibility studies to help develop bankable projects. This improves the chances of accessing climate finance.

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Use natural coastal resources sustainably. Help communities on the ground to develop and implement sustainable practices.

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Manage fisheries and marine sanctuaries in a sustainable way.

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Conserve and rehabilitate mangrove reserves. They absorb the impacts of storm surges and reduce vulnerability to flooding.

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Want to act NOW for coastal cities in other ways? Sign the Oceans Declaration or participate in the Ocean Decade or Ecosystem Restoration Decade!

UN Ocean Conference Declaration

“Our future, our Ocean, our responsibility”

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UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

“The science we need for the oceans we want”

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UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration

“Preventing, halting and reversing the degradation of ecosystems worldwide”

 

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