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Urban Climate Adaptation Strategies: A New Zealand Contribution

Goal: This project is part of an international study aimed at identifying differences in the way countries and urban authorities are implementing adaptation strategies to improve urban climate in the face of climate change.

Date: 1 February 2017 - 1 February 2018

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This project is part of an international study aimed at identifying differences in the way countries and urban authorities are implementing adaptation strategies to improve urban climate in the face of climate change.
 
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Urbanization is one of the twenty-first century’s most transformative trends, and increasing urban population along with the impacts of climate change provide new challenges and new opportunities. However, there are significant differences in the way countries are perceiving the phenomenon of climate change and implementing adaptation strategies to improve urban climate. This paper reports on a study carried out in New Zealand and aimed at identifying how the country is implementing adaptation strategies through urban design and planning to improve urban climate in the face of climate change. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with New Zealand scholars studying urban climate related issues, urban design and planning practitioners, and governance. The study was designed to provide a wide range of perceptions rather than a set number of interviews in specific cities. The semi- structured interviews focused upon awareness of the need for climate change adaptation, existing urban climate phenomena because of design decisions, existing design strategies to improve climate adaptation, communication of climate change issues, existing policy instruments and implementation of initiatives. The paper discusses the perceptions of interviewees regarding awareness and urgency of action; the role of citizens, governance, and urban designers and planners in the urban climate adaptation agenda; and the role of dramatic events such as the Christchurch earthquakes on acknowledging the need for appropriate design and planning. Results indicate that the geographical condition of New Zealand and its consequent maritime climate means that climate change – particularly effects related to city design – are not seen as a major issue. However, the recent Christchurch earthquakes have sped up the processes of change, making citizens and governance more aware of consequences of inappropriate design and planning.
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This project will be presented next week on the International Urban Design Conference (13-15 November in the Gold Coast, Australia)
 
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Results from this research will be presented at the International Urban Design Conference (Gold Coast, Australia, 13-15 November 2017).
 
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Interviews have been concluded and analysis is underway. Thanks to those who have participated and/or indicated potential participants.
 
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This project is now well underway, human ethics committee has signed it off by James Cook Uni, and interviews have resumed.
We are still looking for professionals, scholars and governance who work with climate change adaptation in New Zealand. The interview takes around 40 minutes to one hour. If you'd like to contribute or know someone who could contribute, please let us know.
 
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Project goal
This project is part of an international study aimed at identifying differences in the way countries and urban authorities are implementing adaptation strategies to improve urban climate in the face of climate change.
Background and motivation
Studies are been undertaken in the Netherlands, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Kenya and the UK, and this project is a New Zealand contribution to identify how strategies to adapt urban spaces to climate change are being considered and implemented in the country, and to compare the local findings to the strategies adopted in the other countries participating in this international study.
The leaders of the overall international study are A/Prof Sanda Lenzholzer (Wageningen University) and Professor Robert Brown (Texas A&M University).