Output 1 Reports
University of Huddersfield
DescriptionBuilt environment exert considerable influence over their local climate and environment, and coastal populations are already facing a range of climate-related risks such as cyclones, sea level rise and coastal flooding. Therefore, there is an urgent need to translate awareness of climate change impacts into tangible adaptation measures. Before proposing any adaptation measures, it is important to understand the climate change impact on the built environment in coastal regions. There are studies on climate change impacts on the built environment, however, what is lacking is the integration of climate change with disaster resilience and achieving sustainable development, as indicated in the SDGs. Lack of integration is widely cited. 2019 UNISDR Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR/DRR) suggested that the majority of national processes for tackling disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation exist in parallel and have separate policy and institutional frameworks. Disasters and disaster risk are on the rise worldwide and this trend is expected to continue as climate change increases the frequency and severity of extreme weather events. A systemic view of risk needs to bring together climate change and associated disaster risks frameworks due to the interconnected realities of modern world as the presence of risk multipliers in the modern context. Accordingly, the aim of this output is to carry out a detailed review of climate change impact and associated disaster risks on the coastal built environment. This will be very useful for local actors to understand the current risks and for policy makers to make important policy decisions. The developed framework can be adapted by any coastal city/region to understand the climate change impact on the city’s-built environment.
Output 2:A synthesis report on opportunities and constraints for integrating the requirements of the Paris Agreement with the SDGs and the Sendai Framework in the context of built environment in coastal regions
Output 2 Reports
DescriptionIn 2015, three landmark global agendas were adapted by the global community: the Paris Agreement; the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030. Given interconnectedness of climate change, sustainable development and disaster risk reduction, this outputs focus on the opportunities and constraints associated with pursuing the three global agendas collaboratively within the context of built environment in coastal regions as well as on options to support their further integration. At the moment, there is very little coherence between these three initiatives, including that of in the coastal region, which is the focus of this proposal. Improved coherence of action to implement the three frameworks will definitely save money and time, enhance efficiency, and further enable integrated adaptation action.
Output 3:A framework on adapting coastal built environment to the effects of climate change during design, construction and retrofitting aligning with Paris Agreement, SDGs and SFDRR
Output 3 Reports
University of Moratuwa
DescriptionIn the process of climate change adaptation, the adaptation measures in the built environment during design, construction and retrofitting become the kick-off point since it will dictate the outset of the built environment in future. In addressing this adaptation challenge there is a clear need to change the way in which design, construct, retrofitting, and maintenance is done to accommodate the anticipated changes. In framing the climate adaptation challenge for the built environment, it is most appropriate to align this in line with the SDGs and SFDRR as they demarcate and set out the global standards in addressing the climate change impacts, climate change as a key enabler for disasters, and sustainable development. Accordingly, O3 will develop a comprehensive framework on the built environment for climate change adaptation in design, construction and retrofitting aligning with SDGs and SFDRR. This framework will be beneficial for built environment professionals, clients, and policy makers in applying integrated and coherent adaptation measures during different phases of construction and retrofitting cycles.
Output 4:Role of the built environment stakeholders in climate change adaptation in the built environment.
University of Huddersfield
DescriptionThe impact of climate change is particularly pertinent to the built environment given the life expectancy of buildings and the fact that it is essential to adapt the existing built environment, to deal with a climate that may be significantly different from that in which it evolved. Therefore, the built environment professionals, suppliers, contractors, and the other relevant stakeholders have to be well informed and capable enough to address the needs of the climate change adaptation. Thus, it is important to identify the clearly establish the role of the built environment stakeholders in climate change adaptation measures.
Output 5:A guidance notes with case studies and good practices on implementing local adaptation strategies in the built environment in coastal regions.
UNIVERSIDAD DE CANTABRIA
In light of the increasing focus on climate change adaptation in the built environment at the global scale and national policy level, plans and adaptation strategies at the local level are yet to developed to a comprehensive level. The localised adaptation strategies in the coastal regions will differ depending on the local geographical conditions, weather patterns, biophysical environment and etc. The localising strategies in the coastal built environment need to address the design, construction and retrofitting stages aligning with the potential opportunities and benefits for the coastal communities. Thus, providing recommendation on best practices referring to selected case studies on how to implement local adaptation strategies in the built environment in coastal regions is another expected output.
Output 6:A report on skill gaps and mismatches in climate change adaptation in the built environment in coastal regions
UNIVERSITA TA MALTA
When the built environment is concerned in the climate change adaptation process in the coastal regions, the built environment professionals have a lead role to play in being well informed and capable enough to handle the adaptation process. In making the built environment professionals equipped with the relevant knowledge, skills, and competencies the kick-off point will be to identify the skill gaps and mismatches. The project intends to develop a report highlighting the existing skill gaps and mismatches in climate change adaptation in the built environment in coastal regions.