The increasing effects of climate change are pushing climate adaptation to the forefront of our global priorities and local actions. By mainstreaming climate adaptation into spatial planning, financial investments and political decision making, we help to build a climate-resilient world with greener environments and improved livelihoods. Public and private organisations are investing trillions of dollars in new buildings, roads, levees and other assets, why wouldn’t we include climate adaptation measures at the same time?
Seizing this opportunity, we must align key actors and stakeholders to plan our cities and infrastructures in a holistic and integrated way.
We overcome the governance, funding and technical barriers by implementing concepts and solutions such as building with nature, blue-green infrastructure (BGI), climate-resilient asset management and investment planning, social innovation, sustainable procurement, and peer learning. Together with many of our partners, we shape the world into a more liveable, safer and sustainable place.
BUILDING CLIMATE-RESILIENT COMMUNITIES
Key issues in climate adaptation like dealing with flooding, drought, heavy rainfall and other complex scenarios affect local, regional, national and international communities. We facilitate the valuation and implementation of the most relevant eco-based solutions – replacing traditional grey infrastructure with BGI such as green corridors and roofs, permeable paving, rainwater harvesting systems.
LEVERAGING PROCUREMENT FOR SUSTAINABILITY AND ADAPTATION
Procurement has proven to be a very powerful tool for sustainability and climate adaptation. We are promoting the development and uptake of a circular procurement framework, contributing to limit climate change effects but also increase the adoption of climate adaptation solutions while fostering eco-innovation.
FOSTERING TRANSNATIONAL COLLABORATION
Many of our clients including cities, private companies and national governments work within a different context but are dealing with similar challenges. Peer-to-peer collaboration allows these stakeholders to learn from each other’s successes and failures, fosters the sharing and exchange of knowledge, expertise and tactical know-how, and provides an opportunity to inspire. For these reasons, we are successfully applying novel City-2-City, Procurer-2-Procurer and Farmer-2-Farmer approaches in various projects, and have developed an Online Community Platform which provides a fitting channel for continuous dialogue and knowledge transfer.
FORMING IMPACTFUL GLOBAL ALLIANCES
We help societies across the world become more resilient to climate-related threats. We are experienced in convening multiple stakeholders, governments, the private sector, civil society, intergovernmental bodies, and knowledge institutions to recognise, build and promote excellence to accelerate climate adaptation. Notably, we facilitated the building of Global Centre on Adaptation from initial idea to global centre by building relationships and formalising partnerships, mobilising resources, developing its business and organisational model, drafting its first working programme and strong communications.
OPTIMISING INVESTMENT PLANNING
The effects of climate change are a major risk for loss of life and economic damage for governments, investors, businesses and banks. By considering the climate change risks in investment planning and asset management, it will allow future infrastructure, assets and markets to be more resilient to the effects of climate change. We have experience in optimising investment planning by exploring the mainstreaming of these investments with other policy domains and help identify cost-optimal adaptive infrastructure upgrades by exploring a variety of technical designs: with adaptability and life-cycle costing for various performance levels.
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