Shifting climate patterns are some of the major challenges of our time. These effects will soon become even more severe, as the impact will become increasingly strong in the future. It will be the people in the rural areas and in the informal settlements of a city, who will experience the effects of climate change most strongly. Droughts, heat waves, floods, landslides, cyclones or coastal erosion add more and more stress to these communities, threatening housing and food production. Slums are often built in environmentally-fragile locations such as steep slopes, floodplains, swamps, coastal shores and river banks. Due to poverty and illiteracy, slum dwellers often have low capacity to deal with these dramatic impacts.
1 billion people live in urban slums today. They have been built outside the ‘formal’ system of laws and regulations that are meant to ensure safe, resilient structures and settlements. Climate change can trap slum residents in a cycle of poverty and vulnerability, as each climate disaster results in loss of life, assets, and disruption, while it limits their abilities to cope and adapt.
Building resilience to climate change - falls under these SDGs:
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. All countries and stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, are starting to implement this plan. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets demonstrate the scale and ambition of this Agenda, which balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental.