31 August 2018
Dr Camilo Ordóñez, Green Infrastructure Research Group research fellow, convened a session in the first conference organised by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Cities and Climate Change in Edmonton, Canada from 4-8 March.
In the session, ‘Promise of green infrastructure to combat climate change in cities’, participants synthesised existing knowledge and identified research gaps on how nature-based solutions (NBS) and green infrastructure (GI) initiatives can facilitate urban adaptation to climate change.
The conversation included eminent scientists and practitioners in the field such as Drs. Claire Walsh, Harriet Bulkeley, Shuaib Lwasa, Thomas Elmqvist, and Dave Kendal.
At the top of the discussion were themes such as performance indicators for NBS and GI, practitioner-academic partnerships for the co-creation of knowledge, financial mechanisms, and how can NBS and GI opportunities be harnessed to address urban sustainability agendas in both developed and developing countries.
The conference will result in the first special report on Cities and Climate Change to be part of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report, due in 2022. The IPCC is the world’s top scientific authority on climate change working under the mandate of the United Nations.