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ACRE

Alliance for a Climate Resilient Earth
Working together to reduce the risk posed by climate change
Project Info

Around the world, cities are facing risks that impact their residents and business and the infrastructure, economy, environment and social structures they rely on. Unfortunately, in many cities these risks are growing or new risks are emerging due to climate change. Reducing these risks and developing climate resilient communities requires a multi-faceted approach that recognizes and addresses the complexities of communities and the multiple systems that come together to make cities great places to live, learn, work and play. Only through a focused, global initiative to create climate resilient cities can we hope to achieve a climate resilient earth.

Global leadership for the climate resilience movement

Cities, businesses, and civil society must join forces, before disasters strike, to build climate resilience, save lives, and protect critical infrastructure.

Coordinate Collective Action

Climate resilience is only achievable through the collective efforts of organizations and individuals that represent multiple disciplines, systems, strategies and perspectives and recognize the power of collaboration.

Without unprecedented new levels of cooperation for climate resilience, the world will be unprepared for the unprecedented wave of disasters wrought by climate change, and will undoubtedly fall short in meeting the sustainable development goals. ACRE  brings together the collective strength of Alliance members with the goal of providing global leadership for the climate resilience movement.

Use & Share Data & Research

Effective and efficient climate resilience relies on the availability, accessibility and usability of data to support decision making.

Climate resilience policies and practices must be informed by research—particularly social science research which examines how hazards impact distinct populations and the potential strategies to address their specific needs. 

Focus on Cities

Climate resilience starts at the city level where impacts are most acute and where decisions have the greatest impact. Policymakers, residents and businesses must have access to tools and other resources to facilitate progress.

Climate resilience is now on par with reducing carbon emissions as a central task for cities around the world. Cities have led the effort to reduce their carbon footprint, and are now beginning to step forward to reduce the negative climate impacts on lives, property, and livelihoods. The ACRE will bring a systems approach to help cities mobilize resources and expertise to move from strategy to implementation in building climate resilient infrastructure and operations.

A Bias Towards Action

Resources are too scarce, time is too short, and the challenge is too big to rely on solutions that are not scalable, replicable and additive for cities and countries around the globe.

An expansion of capital to support resilience investments is necessary. Successful projects and lessons learned must be shared to unlock new sources of capital. Building long term resilience is not a static exercise; cities, companies and citizens must regularly evaluate progress and implement plans for improvement. Outreach and education are essential to empowering citizens to build their resilience and engage their neighbors and policymakers; to supporting community leaders in effective decision making; and to building a cadre of climate resilience professionals.

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