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Towards resilience and transformation for cities II

Journal article, 327 pages

After an editorial on how to get local governments, residents and enterprises to respond to the new IPCC Fifth Assessment, four papers discuss different aspects of resilience. These include how the IPCC understands transformative adaptation; how resilience must be coupled with transformation; what cities are doing to build resilience to disasters; and building resilience in an informal settlement.

Six papers show the full spectrum of responses to climate change: by households and communities in Khulna, by local governments in Manizales (Colombia) and Chetumal (Mexico), through asset planning in Cartagena, through gendered resilience in Dhaka, and through water governance in Guarulhos, Arequipa, Lima and Durban. There is also a paper reviewing urban residents’ coping and adaptive practices.

There are also papers on the highly inappropriate city plans being developed in sub-Saharan Africa and India; on urban poverty in Zambia; participatory budgeting in Chengdu, China; community upgrading in Manila; and participatory methods for researching entrepreneurship.

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