C40 Launches City Climate Change Hazard Taxonomy for Public Comment

Today, at the UNISDR World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, C40 officially launched for public comment the City Climate Hazard Taxonomy, a structured description of the key climate hazards that cities are facing. The Taxonomy was developed by C40 and ARUP with funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Cities are key actors in building climate resilience because they are on the frontlines of climate change impacts. Cities are taking effective, direct action in adapting to a changing climate and are increasingly connected through C40 networks to find common solutions. Indeed, the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report – Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability states that action in urban centers is essential to successful global climate change adaptation.

As part of C40’s commitment to help cities reduce their climate risk, we have developed the City Climate Hazard Taxonomy to establish a clear and concise lexicon of the climate hazards that cities face today, and how those hazards may change in the future. We are giving cities a common language with which to discuss, assess and report on action relating to climate change adaptation.

The Taxonomy builds upon the UN Disaster Risk Reduction classification of hazards and draws specific focus to the city context and the effects of climate change. It will support city adaptation in the following ways:

  • Clarifying the range of climate hazards that cities face, and the relationships between hazards.
  • Providing the basis for scoping hazards as part of the risk assessment process.
  • Structuring the collection of data from cities about the hazards they are facing and the actions they are taking in response to specific hazard types.
  • Enabling stakeholders to ‘tag’ or ‘label’ case studies or other materials to streamline searches for relevant information.
  • Driving the use of consistent and clear terminology among stakeholders working on city adaptation and climate resilience.

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