Resilient cities have been increasingly associated with climate resilient cities. Through plans and policy discourse climate resilience has been primarily focused on adaptation measures, and recently on mitigation ones. However, the linkages between resilience thinking theory and practices are weak, since climate change scholars have been primarily relying on vulnerability, risks assessments and adaptive capacities in their studies, and only lately incorporating the concept of climate resilience within different frameworks.
The relationship between vulnerability and resilience, and how city resilience thinking supports adaptive or transformative practices in climate plans and governance are among the main interests to be explored in this conference topic. Indeed, climate mitigation and adaptation agenda started to frame synergistic targets and processes. The role of integrated and adaptive governance models are calling for a more dynamic framing of climate plans at both local/regional and national levels, in which mainstreaming prevail the business as usual – hard infrastructure driven climate protection actions.
This conference topic addresses the tensions and synergies between adaptation and mitigation, and the critical assessments about the effectiveness and mechanisms to enhance “climate resilience mainstreaming”.
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