The world´s climate is changing – the impacts can already be observed and felt on global, regional and local levels. Climate change is considered one of the biggest challenges to development in the 21st century. Especially, more frequent and stronger weather extremes will result in massive socio-economic and environmental losses and damages to human society.
The latest assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that most of the countries in the Middle East and North Africa region – including Egypt – are highly vulnerable to the impact of climate change.
To address this challenge, the PDP has since 2011 incorporated the new component Climate Change Adaption and Urban Resilience in its portfolio, which focuses on climate change and its impacts for urban areas in Greater Cairo.
The component Climate Change Adaption and Urban Resilience tackles the predicted negative consequences of climate change for poor urban areas in the Greater Cairo Region.
Its objective is to promote resilient communities and their efforts to adapt to the changing climate conditions. The objective will be achieved through:
- Development of a participatory and community-based adaptation strategy for informal areas in collaboration with the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA)
- Implementation of small-scale development measures in informal areas in collaboration with the residents in order to enhance their climate change resilience
- Awareness raising among local residents, civil society, ministries, public agencies and local administration on Climate Change Adaption and Urban Resilience.
The activities are based on an analysis of expected effects of climate change, the climate sensitivity of the particular areas as well as community characteristics regarding climate change sensitivity, adaptive capacity and existing vulnerabilities and practices to cope with on-going climate challenges.