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ICT-based adaptation to climate change in cities

As of: April 2020

Objective and activities

In order to achieve international targets in the area of sustainability, it is essential to adapt cities to the impacts of climate change-induced extreme weather events, such as infrastructure damage or the loss of biodiversity. Due to increasing urbanisation, the urban population is particularly at risk. These developments bear new challenges for urban planners and regional decision-makers, because they lack the necessary data base to implement local adaptation measures. The participatory data collection of local climate data, alongside new information and communication technologies (ICT) approaches (e.g. Crowd Mapping) may fill this gap and may thus contribute to the planning of adaptation measures and increase the resilience of infrastructures and supply services. The project draws on existing ICT and web-based approaches and strengthens the resilience of the city (and the surrounding region) by integrating them into urban administration (especially urban planning).

State of implementation/results

  • In the framework of the federation congress on national city politics, the international workshop “Smart Cities – Lever for sustainab-le urban development” was held on 12/06/2017. National and international representatives of cities and municipalities, ministries, science and civil society discussed the chances and challenges of the digital change for a sustainable city development and set the laid the foundation for an international sharing of experiences.

Project data

India, Mexico, Peru

Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Partner institution(s):
  • Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID), Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) - Mexico, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) - Mexico, Ministry of Urban Development – MoUD, Presidency of the Council of Ministers of Peru
  • Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung e.V. - PIK) - Germany

BMU grant:
3.500.000,00 €

03/2017  till  04/2020


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