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G2 - Pro-poor planning of climate resilience in marginalized neighborhoods

Session description

Facilitator: Marcus Mayr, Urban Development Specialist, Climate Change Planning Unit, UN-Habitat, Nairobi, Kenya


  • Community-based adaptation, a people-centered approach to build resilience in marginalized communities
    David Dodman, Director, Human Settlements Group, International Institute for Environment and Development, London UK
  • Innovative mapping and planning approaches to climate proof informal settlements of the Pacific
    Andrew Mua, Mayor, Honiara City Council, Solomon Island
  • Slum upgrading and climate resilience action planning in Bamenda 3 neighbourhood
    Vincent Nji Ndumu, Government Delegate, Bamenda City Council, Bamenda, Cameroon
  • Slum upgrading and urban planning for improved climate resilience in Jamaica
    Trevion Manning, Director of Planning, St James Municipal Corporation, Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Title tbc
    NN, Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), Stockholm, Sweden (tbc)

Organized by: UN-Habitat

This session will provide an exchange on building climate resilience and community-based adaptation and inclusive governance structures and policies for climate resilient informal settlements. The session is based on the experience of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme’s Cities and Climate Change Initiative, the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme, and a new project that specifically focuses on the thematic of climate resilience in informal settlements. It will also explore strategic and practical entry points for inclusive resilience building through coupling integrated, pro-poor planning of climate resilience in marginalized neighborhoods with broader local government planning processes.

UN-Habitat’s slum analysis on a citywide scale in more than 100 cities show a lack of urban resilience when a high proportion of the urban population lives in slums and urban poverty is high. The research also emphasizes that city-wide prosperity and resilience is affected when more than 30 per cent of the urban population lives in slums. 

Thus, the session will also highlight UN-Habitat’s “Pro-poor planning of Climate Resilience in Marginalized Neighborhoods project” that aims to pilot climate resilience activities in selected cities and develop specialized tools to integrate pro-poor planning of climate resilience in marginalized neighborhoods to broader local government planning processes in those cities.