January 17, 2017: ADB releases publication on green infrastructure

Rapid and unplanned urbanization leave cities and towns across the world vulnerable to environmental challenges, including the impact of extreme weather events such as floods and droughts and slow onset changes such as sea level rise. This impact is likely to become more severe due to climate change, threatening infrastructure and sustainability. Nature-based solutions, or green infrastructure, can play a significant role in building urban resilience to these challenges through the rehabilitation and expansion of natural ecosystems within built areas. It provides a foundation strategy to sustainable urban development.

To highlight the need for the integration of green infrastructure into urban policy, planning and design, Asian Development Bank (ADB) released the publication, Nature-based Solutions for Building Resilience in Towns and Cities: Case Studies from the Greater Mekong Subregion. This publication is the result of a successful partnership between ADB and ICEM – International Centre for Environmental Management, with co-financing from the Nordic Development Fund (NDF). It captures valuable experience and lessons from the Climate Resilience in Cities in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) project which applied a nature-based approach to identify climate change vulnerabilities and adaptation options in three towns in the GMS. The publication underlines the importance of available and reliable climate data and of skilled human resources in achieving sustainable adaptation options in urban planning.

Nature-Based Solutions for Building Resilience in Towns and Citi

Nature-based Solutions for Building Resilience in Towns and Cities: Case Studies from the Greater Mekong Subregion is now available to view and download.

This publication summarizes the seven-volume Resource Kit on Building Resilience and Sustainability in Mekong Towns that ICEM produced for the project. The volumes have been translated into the national language of each participating country, and are available in English, Khmer, Vietnamese, and Lao. The volumes can be downloaded on ICEM website at the following link: http://icem.com.au/portfolio-items/resource-kit-for-building-resilience-and-sustainability-in-mekong-towns/

For more information, visit the Climate Resilience in Cities in the Greater Mekong Subregion page.