Climate Chance and Equity in the context of SDGs in Salon 10
13:30 - 15:00
The session brings together practitioners and academics from across the globe to discuss inclusive approaches to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Looking at the theme through the interdisciplinary lens of practice, science and policy advocacy, the panelists aim to address gaps in urban development policies and propose more sustainable, equitable and efficient planning frameworks. They will discuss studies from Asia, Latin America and the Arab region to present their unique environmental and socio-economic conditions that require bespoke solutions reflecting their developmental needs as well as climate change response agendas. Emerging economies, particularly, are under tremendous pressure to provide adequate affordable housing and infrastructure in their urban centres but conventional city planning is often found myopic and with a top down approach. The natural expansion of informal settlements provides a solution in the form of incremental housing with cheap rentals though they are excluded from their government's policy response. The panel will discuss the climate-smart attributes of these self-built neighborhoods which also help meet their socio-economic needs, with a focus on the need for building on their resilience for an urban transformation.