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E1 - Sharing actionable data for evidence-based resilience planning

Session Description

Facilitator: Joseph Wladkowski, Head of ICLEI Global Capacity Center, ICLEI World Secretariat, Bonn, Germany


  • How the City of Edmonton’s Open City Initiative can change the conversation about adaptation and resilience
    Danielle Koleyak, Environmental Project Manager, City of Edmonton, Canada
  • Changing capital budgeting and using innovative flood tools to build climate resilience in Philadelphia
    Brenda Dix, Climate Adaptation and Resilience Manager, ICF, New York, USA
  • Using integrated systems thinking to support water provision in Accra, Ghana
    Stephen Passmore, Head of, The Ecological Sequestration Fund (TEST), London, UK
  • The Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness (PREP): Making sense of climate data for local adaptation planning
    Lauretta Burke, Senior Associate, Climate Resilience Practice, World Resources Institute (WRI), Washington DC, USA
  • Leveraging cloud-based flood risk data to support accurate and affordable resilience planning and response
    Laura Hammett, Community Engagement Lead, Cloud to Street and Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, New Haven, USA

Organized by: ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

High quality, actionable and easily-accessible data and information on climate change impacts at the local level is crucial for urban resilience planning and implementation. With the wealth of information available, access to accurate and policy-relevant data, as well as capacity to absorb this information and translate it into action is challenging – especially for local governments with limited resources. This session will present diverse data tools designed to facilitate informed decision-making for urban resilience planning and investment.

The session will open with an example from the City of Edmonton, Canada’s Open City Initiative. Edmonton’s extensive Open Data Catalogue provides a vast store of city data that are freely available, easy to access, and user-friendly. The City is currently developing its Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Strategy and is expecting to benefit from this resource to inform their planning. Recent and ongoing efforts to integrate climate science into decision-making by the City of Philadelphia, USA will be in focus in the next presentation. These efforts include developing a climate change visualization tool and capital budgeting guidance document. Next, TEST will showcase the implementation of the integrated systems tool in Accra, Ghana. The tool, designed to support decision-making for resilient and climate compatible development, provided the opportunity for various local stakeholders to investigate best strategies to achieve 100% access to clean water and sanitation in the Greater Accra Region. Following that, the World Resources Institute will introduce PREP – a public-private partnership which is developing an open-source platform to support climate resilience planning at the city-level and is being currently piloted in cities in Brazil, India and Indonesia. The last presentation will highlight the opportunities for cities to utilize real-time tech solutions for mapping areas vulnerable to disaster risk, as well as the challenges associated with that work, and successful methodologies to crowd-source data for urban flood safety.