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Browse resources related to human settlements in the Adaptation Knowledge Portal, and learn more about engagement opportunities in this thematic area under under the Nairobi work programme below. 

Human settlements is a key thematic area of the Nairobi work programme, as mandated by decision 17/CP.19; SBSTA 44; and SBSTA 48.​

Urban population is expected to grow by 2.5 billion by 2050 and over 90 per cent of this growth will take place in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. The world’s urban centres (especially in developing countries) are already vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change and other natural and human-made hazards, particularly in coastal areas, delta regions and Small Island Developing States.

In response to this growing vulnerability, climate-resilient development in villages, towns and cities of all sizes is crucial to adapting to climate change. Adaptation actions in human settlements range from nature-based to infrastructure-based measures. However, adaptation is more than just physical ‘climate proofing’; it is a dynamic, iterative, cross-sectoral and open-ended planning and implementation process that requires political, institutional and financial support, as well as behavioural change.

Adaptation Knowledge Portal / How to contribute?

How can your organization/entity further support resilience through knowledge?

  1. Make an action pledge to support adaptation planning and implementation related to human settlements
  2. Share your resources on human settlements and adaptation here on the Adaptation knowledge portal including case studies, tools and methods, and other resources
  3. Send us news about upcoming publications and events at
  4. Become a NWP partner organization​​

Engagement under the NWP​

Governments agreed to undertake concrete activities addressing humans settlements under the NWP in order to inform adaptation planning and actions at the regional, national and subnational level. In response, a range of activities have been undertaken under the NWP to advance action through knowledge in this thematic area with some in progress.

The table below highlights relevant outputs on human settlements; and work in progress corresponding to different steps of the NWP knowledge-to-action methodology.

Steps  Outputs
  • Scoping​
  • Engage with expert groups​
  • Refine knowledge​
  • Co-design actions​
  • Report and disseminate finding​
  • ​Facilitate partnerships to mobilize support​
  • Focus for 2019

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