Urban communities are devising their own solutions to build resilience

Flooding in the city of Bangkok, Thailand

How can we improve services to these groups? Is there a way to enable communities to develop their own resilience to climate change? These were some of the questions addressed by researchers from across Asia funded by the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) at a recent workshop in Bangkok.

Resilient cities are those able to face shocks and environmental challenges while at the same time addressing deficiencies in basic services. Residents of low-income urban communities are able to recognise and develop self-reliant services to build resilience to climate change, which then sets an example of appropriate and desired service provision for governments to follow. But what does this community-led planning look like on the ground?

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