Thursday, November 14, 2013

Event: Climate Co-benefits in Urban Areas (18 Nov 2013)

Climate Co-benefits in Urban Areas
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Monday, 18 November 2013, 10:30 – 11:30

Climate Co-benefits in Urban Areas 

Venue: Japan Pavilion, UNFCCC COP19 in Warsaw 

Organized by: UNU-IAS Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa (OUIK) 

Event Description   

UNU-IAS will organize an event during UNFCCC COP19, looking at how we can generate urban co-benefits (i.e., positive impacts for integrating climate change with local sustainable development goals in cities) in the energy, waste, land-use and transportation sectors based on empirical studies conducted in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Japan. 

10:30 - 10:35Opening Remarks:  Jakob Rhyner (Vice-Rector of UNU and Director of UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)) (TBC) (5min)
10:35 - 10:50Urban Development with Co-benefits Approach: Results from Conceptual and Empirical Research
Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira (Assistant Director and Senior Research Fellow, UNU-IAS)
10:50 - 11:05Tools for Planning for Co-benefits in Urban Areas in the Energy, Transportation and Waste Sectors
Christopher Doll (Research Fellow, UNU-IAS)
Hooman Farzaneh (UNU-JSPS Postdoctoral Fellows, UNU-IAS)
11:05 - 11:10
Comments: Commentator: Akio Takemoto (Director, Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN)
11:10 - 11:30Discussions and Q&A

Related Publication:
  Urban Development with Climate Co-Benefits: Aligning Climate, Environmental and Other Development Goals in Cities By Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira, Christopher N.H. Doll and Aki Suwa

Rapid urbanization in developing countries demands a massive provision of infrastructure, public transportation, housing and jobs for their population, as well as a healthy environment. Consequently, urban areas in those countries contribute increasingly to climate change, and suffers its impacts. The climate co-benefits approach in this report refers to the development and implementation of policies and strategies that simultaneously contribute to addressing climate change and solving local environmental problems, which also have other development impacts. Relying on the results of research carried out in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Japan, this report offers lessons to understand projects and policies that generate co-benefits and the factors that influence them. 

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