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IIS at workshop on adaptation to Climate Change in Latin America big cities

IIS Associate Sergio Margulis presented his work this week at the Workshop on Climate Change Adaptation, as part of  the project “NDCs: What is there for Latin America big cities?” promoted by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

While the mitigation agenda is more present among the richer and more developed countries, the adaptation agenda is, on the other hand, of greater interest to the poorer and smaller countries, as they are particularly vulnerable to extreme weather events. This does not mean that these countries have a national or municipal adaptation plan, but most of them mention adaptation as a matter of higher priority than mitigation. The level of awareness and interest does not guarantee a good level of coordination between national governments and their municipal governments. The objective of the third part of the project is to support countries and cities to assess their vulnerability to climate change and to prepare and strengthen their adaptation plans.

In the video, recorded at the opening of the workshop held in Rio de Janeiro on 6 and 7 June, Margulis presents a brief summary of the lessons learned in phases I and II of the project. According to Sérgio, “in terms of climate change, cities represent more a solution than a problem”. However, “climate change is a fundamentally distributive problem, where the poorest are arguably the most vulnerable.”

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