Located at the interface between land and sea, coastal cities are centers of innovation and economic productivity, concentrating large numbers of people and assets. However, they are also at the forefront of climate change. Rising sea levels, increasing storm intensity, and warmer temperatures stress ecosystems upon which millions depend, degrade outdated infrastructure, and upend economic stability.
Climate risks also compound existing pressures. In many cities around the globe, rapid urbanization is outpacing infrastructure development – including housing, waste management, bridges, and roads. These factors also exacerbate social and health inequities. As climate change impacts continue to grow and in a post-COVID environment, governments, businesses, and international financial institutions need to consider climate risk across social, economic, and environmental issues to design comprehensive solutions and unlock additional financial resources. The discussion will focus on innovations and best practice in coastal cities at home and abroad to safeguard people, their livelihoods, and to build a more resilient future.
Jainey Bavishi, Resilience Director, New York City Office of the Mayor
Carolyn Kousky, Executive Director, Wharton Risk Center, University of Pennsylvania
Paul Huang, Acting Assistant Administrator of Resilience, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Sally Yozell, Senior Fellow and Director, Environmental Security Program, Stimson Center
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