The global urban population has grown rapidly from approximately 1 billion in 1950 to 4.4 billion in 2021. By 2050 the world’s urban population is expected to reach 6.7 billion, which constitutes almost 70% of the total population. 90% of this increase will occur in Africa and Asia.
In 2015 India’s urban population was 420 million but this is projected to almost double and reach 800 million by 2050. In the face of climate change, this makes sustainable and climate-resilient urbanization one of the most challenging problems in the modern era.
During the URBCARE conference speakers will share their insights about key urban issues such as heat stress, air pollution, waste management, wastewater use and urban flooding. The way these are inter-connected in a city means an integrated approach to solving these challenges is needed.
With the growth in city populations, it is important to focus on the linkages between urban development, planning and climate concerns. The speakers will focus on innovative ways of building integrated urban climate resilience and sustainability with scalable technology options.
The conference is built around 3 pillars: (1) relation between rapid urbanization and climate change, (2) technologies and related pathways on mitigation and adaptation and (3) mission life, heritage and climate change.
The URBCARE conference will take place at the Abdul Kalam Technical University in Lucknow in India. Registration date is still to be defined. If you would like to be informed when the free registration will open, please leave your email address.
The speakers will discuss the stress on the urban fabric, where higher populations mean increased emissions from cities and higher production levels to serve their growing needs. The climate impacts that will result from this affect urban populations in terms of livability and thermal comfort. We need a broader understanding of this intertwined relationship so we can make our cities more resilient against the adverse effects of climate change.
A well-coordinated effort is required to develop best practices to mitigate the effects of climate change by drawing on both global and local experiences and pathways. Climate finance is also required to support the most promising projects using new practices, which could lead the way and encourage change. Given the wide variety of climate change efforts currently used, the speakers will highlight some of the best methodologies for tackling climate change in urban areas.
Climate change and natural disasters pose a threat to our built heritage and natural landscapes. To protect our heritage, we need to build systems to cope with these risks. The speakers in this session will present case studies about capacity building for resilience against climate change disaster risk through community engagement and stewardship.
The URBCARE Conference is organized by VITO and AKTU (Abdul Kalam Technical University, India), in collaboration with G-STIC (Global Sustainable Technology and Innovation Community, Belgium), Government of Uttar Pradesh's Environment, Forest and Climate Change Department (India), Departement Omgeving (Flanders, Belgium), FIT (Flanders and Investment Trade, Belgium) and TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute, India).