Urban resilience critical to combatting climate change impact on Middle East Cities, says AESG report

Saeed Al Abbar advocates the need for a concerted effort to mitigate climate change impact on cities through better urban planning.

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Saeed Al Abbar, managing director at AESG, advocates the need for a concerted effort by these stakeholders to mitigate the climate change impact on cities through better urban planning.
Saeed Al Abbar, managing director at AESG, advocates the need for a concerted effort by these stakeholders to mitigate the climate change impact on cities through better urban planning.

AESG has released a research article which presents guidance on urban resilience concepts and best practices.

The company intends for this report, titled 'Urban resilience: A look into global climate change impacts and possible design mitigation', to aid governments, city planners, engineers, architects and developers in building resilient cities that can better tackle the urban challenges resulting from climate change.

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With 68% of the world’s population expected to live in urban areas by 2050, and a proven correlation between increases in urbanisation and climate change, it is imperative for governments, city planners and developers to future-proof their cities by investing in urban resilience programmes.

Saeed Al Abbar, managing director at AESG, advocates the need for a concerted effort by these stakeholders to mitigate the climate change impact on cities through better urban planning.

“While the effects of climate change can be detrimental, a large majority of these can be alleviated by strengthening interdependent infrastructure systems and ensuring resilience on an infrastructure, policy and economic basis,” he said.

“Building resilience in cities is essential to not only make populations and infrastructure less susceptible to damage and loss, but to also make them more agile to the unpredictable nature of climate change impacts.

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"We are at a pivotal moment in human history, and the actions we take today will bear profound impact on the security and quality of life, of us, and our future generations."

The report, developed by AESG’s qualified team of sustainability, environmental and planning experts, stresses that achieving urban resilience necessitates planning a city at a macro-level, understanding interdependencies of its systems and implementing solutions to mitigate the anticipated risks.

In addition to reporting the key climate related threats that cities today face, the article analyses the innovative locational, structural and regulatory approaches being implemented globally to address a myriad of urban challenges.

Al Abbar said. “For city and municipal governments, resilience implies planning development, providing safe and affordable infrastructure and services, regulating building design and construction, regulating hazardous activities, influencing land availability and construction requirements, encouraging and supporting household and community actions to reduce risk, and finally, putting in place effective disaster early warning, preparedness, and response systems.”

A first in a planned series of urban resilience themed reports by AESG, the article focuses on showcasing the extent of the problem on a global level while recommending mitigation measures that could be incorporated from planning all the way through operation and maintenance.

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