Over the past few years, the concept of climate resilience has established itself as a regular feature in the conceptual toolkit for builders, developers, urban planners and decision-makers’ at all levels. In France, it’s at the crossroads between two laws currently being debated: the loi Climat et resilience (Climate and resilience law) and the loi 4D (the so-called “4D” law). Applied research laboratories, manufacturers and startups are also helping bring it to life with technical and organizational solutions. In reality, it’s about adapting existing structures and preparing future constructions and infrastructure against the rise in heatwaves and flooding. With this in mind, Nicolas Beaurez, Head of Resilience-Transitions-Climate projects at Cerema, believes local councils and private construction companies now have many conceptual and technical tools at their disposal. However, action plans need to be implemented as quickly as possible – as the latest heatwaves that recently hit North America attest to the critical need to act urgently.
Here’s an overview of the techniques and reference sources based on feedback from various cities.
#Context & Concepts
Haut Conseil pour le Climat
In its 2021 annual report, the Haut Conseil pour le Climat (the French High Council on Climate) emphasizes the need to include adaptation strategies in climate policies to manage the effects of climate change in order to reduce our vulnerability. The council also calls for developing synergies for reducing global warming.
Territorial vulnerability and resilience
The Institut des Hautes Etudes d’Aménagement des Territoires is dedicating its annual program to the theme of resilience. Split over six sessions plus a closing event, it takes place from February to December.
“Territorial resilience for staying on course for the climate transition” interim report
After eight months of research, the Territorial Resilience Strategies team at The Shift Project published their interim report in May.
UN Habitat’s resource hub
The UN Habitat website features a wide range of resources, including: audit and diagnostic tools, feedback case studies, and presentations of resilience projects carried our across the globe.
Resilient territories: six action points
Cerema’s toolkit features this publication from 2018, a practical guide for local councils and public players, businesses, associations and the general public.
An architect’s perspective on the risk of flooding
In this 10-minute video, Agence Qualité Construction interviews the architect Eric-Daniel Lacombe, incumbent chair of Nouvelles urbanités face aux risques naturels: des abris ouverts (literally, “Open Shelters: urban living in the face of natural hazards”) at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de la Ville de Paris.
Résilience des territoires Wiki
Ademe has created an extensive Résilience des territoires wiki, bringing together challenges to be taken on, calls for participants for producing shared resources, stakeholder profiles… It’s a useful tool for all things resilience.
Strengthen our cities’ resilience
Paris & Co, Mission Résilience de la Ville de Paris and Agence Parisienne du Climat have together published a practical guide aimed particularly at densely populated cities, which provides a few tools to inspire cities and communities on the matter.
Building climate resilience evaluation
Resources, advice and services offered by Carbone 4 consultancy.
Urban Nature Labs
The EU’s UNALAB project contributes to the development of smarter, more inclusive and sustainable cities by implementing nature-based solutions (NBS) that engage local stakeholders and citizens.
Water, energy and climate benefits of urban greening throughout Europe under different climatic scenarios
A global analysis of extreme coastal water levels with implications for potential coastal overtopping
Large model structural uncertainty in global projections of urban heat waves
Finding feasible action towards urban transformations urban Sustainability
Transforming Cities and Science for Climate Change Resilience in the Anthropocene
Awareness-development in the context of climate change resilience
Urban water management and climate change adaptation: A self-assessment study by seven midsize cities in the North Sea Region
Climate change impacts on critical urban infrastructure and urban resiliency strategies for the Middle East
#Already on our radar
Urban resilience against climate catastrophe September 2017
Climate resilience: time for action January 2019
Climate resilience: time for action! February 2019
A big bang or baby steps on the road to resilience November 2019
Resilient cities: three jobs that don’t exist yet November 2019
Three ways Paris can become carbon free November 2020