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Can cities adapt to climate change?
07 December 2021 at 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM / Scotland / Online

07 December 2021 at 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
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This webinar forms part of our RTPI Online series and is brought to you by the RTPI Scotland International Group.

What climate change challenges do cities face and how are city planners and citizens responding and adapting to the threats they encounter? We’ll be hearing from two experts: Dr. Milton Montejano Castillo from Mexico City and Dr. Tanjil Sowgat from Khulna, Bangladesh.

Perspectives on flood risk management in Mexico City in a climate change context

Dr. Milton Montejano Castillo

Lecturer and Researcher at the Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico City

There is no single vision for flood risk management. Flood risk has existed in cities like Mexico City since their founding. But the phenomenal rates of growth, the contemporary mismatch between planning and actual development, and difficulty in providing large infrastructure have all exacerbated this risk. Climate change intensifies the risk even further. One of the short-term options is to manage risk through non-structural measures by either adjusting the rules of the game (policy, planning and law) and/or promoting community-based approaches to flood management. Milton will pose critical questions in deciding what response to adopt. How do the actors in each approach address flood risk management (with their resources, limitations and circumstances)? Is convergence between the two options possible, and could convergence be based on joint government-community adaptive management? The presentation will conclude with initial recommendations emerging from current research on these issues in Mexico City.





Living on the frontline: meeting the climate change challenge in Khulna, Bangladesh

Dr. Tanjil Sowgat

Professor Urban and Rural Planning, Khulna University

With two-thirds of the country less than 5 metres above sea level, Bangladesh is most definitely on the frontline of climate change. The country has faced well over 200 disasters (storms, flooding, drought) since 1970 with over ½ million fatalities and an estimated losses of greater than USD 19 million. Climate change is intensifying these threats. And yet Bangladesh continues to face down these challenges and demonstrates that preparedness and adaptation though difficult, is possible. Khulna, the third largest in Bangladesh, is at the epicentre of climate threats in Bangladesh’s coastal zone, and Tanjil will spell out the challenges faced by the city and its citizens.