Improving urban resilience is critical for cities to cope with climate-related extreme weather events and natural disasters. Nature-based solutions and green infrastructure provide cost-effective and resource-efficient approaches that increase a city's capacity to respond to disasters and shocks. Nature-based solutions, such as planting trees to improve urban air quality, revitalizing unused or contaminated land into parks, greening roofs to reduce buildings energy use, and restoring degraded wetlands to mitigate flooding, are increasingly implemented in urban areas to enhance urban resilience.
Biodiversity in UrbanShift Cities
These online reports, with interactive maps and figures, provide indicators to measure the state of biodiversity in UrbanShit cities based on comparable global datasets.
Beating the Heat
This handbook was launched at COP26 and provides case studies from cities around the world that demonstrate how to sustainably tackle the urban heat island effect.
Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Cities
This working paper investigates the potential of nature-based solutions to help build smart, sustainable and resilient cities, drawing from the experience of G20 countries and beyond.
Addressing Finance and Capacity Barriers
This paper advocates for cities to adopt nature-based solutions through evidence-based arguments and case studies of cities across the globe.
Adaptation Data Explorer
This interactive tool allows urban leaders to understand regional and city-specific climate risks and learn about actions being taken in response.
Stronger than the Storm
Urban leaders can use this assessment tool to measure differentiated climate impacts and community needs for urban resilience.