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Project description

This project will build the capacities of local governments in Asia and the Pacific to increase their resilience to climate change impacts by sharing the experience/learnings of UN-Habitat’s CCCI-Asia/Pacific pilot initiative (CCCI – www.unhabitat.org/ccci) in Sorsogon City, Philippines; which developed a community-based vulnerability and adaptation assessment (V&AA) methodology. Pilot cities in the island countries of Indonesia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka and the Pacific SIDS: Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Vanuatu will be supported in replicating the experiences from the Philippines. The experiences will be documented and disseminated through development of a “Quick Guide on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience in Urban Poor Communities in Asia and the Pacific”. This Quick Guide would be volume 8 in the UN-HABITAT / UN-ESCAP Quick Guide Series on Housing the Urban Poor in Asian Cities.
Location: Pekalongan, Indonesia, Batticaloa and Negombo, Sri Lanka, Port Moresby, Port Vila, Apia, Lami, Fiji
- Shelter and Sustainable Human Settlements Development Division
- Training and Capacity Building
Partner: Development Account
- Urban Development and Management
- Training and capacity building
- Environment and Climate Change
- Environmental Planning & Management
- Water Sanitation and Infrastructure
- Water and Sanitation
- Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation
- Natural and man-made disasters
Budget: USD 205,000

Focus Area(s)

- FA1: Effective advocacy, monitoring and partnerships
- FA2: Promotion of participatory urban planning, management and governance
- FA4: Environmentally sound basic urban infrastructure and services


Rapid urbanization in Asia and the Pacific is leading to an increase of urban poverty in many countries, with about 1/3 of the region’s urban population now estimated to live in slums. Coastal areas of the Asia and Pa-cific region were identified by IPCC as particularly exposed to climate change. The urban poor are particu-larly vulnerable to climate change as their settlements are often on marginal land, with poor quality of hous-ing and infrastructure, and they lack adequate coping mechanisms and asset security when disaster strikes. If these climate change challenges are unmet by cities and no adaptive measures are set, it would compro-mise the achievement of most MDG targets and exacerbate the situation of the region’s urban poor.

Despite an emerging understanding of the threats, most local governments, especially those of smaller cities and towns, are still ill-equipped to face the challenges that climate change brings. There are limitations in conducting vulnerability assessments and in developing adaptation and mitigation plans, and urban govern-ance structures are already greatly challenged by the speed and magnitude of urbanization with climate change now presenting greater pressures. Meanwhile external support for cities is limited, especially in the Pacific where none of the bigger Climate Change initiatives have an urban component.


Increased local government awareness and capacity to conduct integrated climate change vulner-ability assessments and develop adaptation and mitigation options
Strengthened regional cooperation and knowledge sharing mechanisms on climate risk manage-ment, including through sharing of good practices

Target group

Local Governments

If you may be interested in funding this project, please contact us: info.rmu@unhabitat.org
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