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Daring Cities 2021 Day 4

7 October

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Science-based target setting

10:30 – 11:30 CEST (08:30 – 9:30 UTC)

The cities guide for climate science-based targets for cities was developed by a core ‘cities’ partners CDPC40Global Covenant of MayorsICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), the World Resources Institute (WRI), and the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Backed by months of technical research and testing, the guide assesses and explains three science-based climate target methodologies and their technical criteria. It advises cities on which methodology to use and how to use the methodologies to determine interim and net zero targets.

This event will present the process leading towards this report launch and will present the technicalities of the different methodologies reviewed.

Organizing partners: ICLEI World Secretariat

It’s about water! Local water action for climate change adaptation in urban areas

12:00 – 13:00 CEST (10:00 – 11:00 UTC)

Climate change impacts cities in manifold ways and often affects water resources: floods and other natural hazards damage urban infrastructure, drinking water quality can deteriorate, and pressure on surrounding water-based ecosystems can increase. The Bonn Water Network (BWN) invites you to its session at the Daring Cities Conference focusing on how local water action can contribute to strengthen climate resilience. The Network bundles the capacities of ten renowned, Bonn-based institutions working on water and related issues in international research, development policy and training.

After welcoming words by Dr. Annabelle Houdret (German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik, DIE), speaker of the network, our panel discussion focuses on concrete examples of and lessons learned from water action to strengthen resilience. Diego Jara (International Union for the Conservation of Nature, IUCN) will explain how mangrove conservation in Ecuador constitutes a natural infrastructure to protect coastal cities; Abby Ortega (Center for Development Research, ZEF) will report how better governance and citizen participation can improve urban drainage for flood resilience in Colombia; and Dr. Simone Sandholz (United Nations University, UNU) will share her insights gained from a large global study on ecosystem-based risk reduction. Prof. Dr. Thomas Kistemann (Institute for Hygiene and Public Health, IHPH) will then explain successful approaches to prevent negative impacts of climate change on drinking water.

After the panel discussion, the UN-Habitat Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance will show a short video on how peer-to-peer-learning between water operators can improve resilient urban water supply and sanitation systems. We will then open the floor for a debate with the public, allowing for direct exchange with the different experts. Finally, Kobie Brand (ICLEI Deputy Secretary-General and Director of the Cities Biodiversity Center) will give closing remarks.

Digitalization as a game changer in the climate emergency response

15:00 – 16:00 CEST (13:00 – 14:00 UTC)

Digitalization and digital technology have the potential to transform the current landscape of emergency climate action and are key enablers for attaining sustainability goals. It is now possible to analyze data at unprecedentedly high-volume, high-variety, and high-speed formats to generate robust results to inform policy and decision-making processes at all levels. This is essential for responding to the climate emergency as time is running out. Nowadays, more and more scholars believe that in order to leverage this potential to support responses to the climate emergency, digitalization and sustainability should work hand in hand.

At this workshop, a panel of high level and leading researchers and innovators from North America to Oceania will engage in a discussion with participants relating to how digitalization can enable local governments to respond to the climate emergency with urgency and accuracy. The panel will share insights and a few cutting-edge digital solutions with local leaders and unpack how digitalization could tackle the climate emergency in both the Global South and the Global North.