CityAdapt seeks to reconnect cities with nature to achieve sustainable development

Urban development in climate crisis

Poor planning and rapid urbanization of cities affect urban ecosystems that provide ecosystem services that contribute significantly to people’s well-being and quality of life.


of the population of Latin America and the Caribbean currently live in urban areas


of the population of East Asia and Pacific lives in urban areas.

The loss of ecosystems increases the effects of climate change such as droughts, floods, rainfall, temperature variability and even hurricanes. To face the growing vulnerability of cities to the impacts of climate change, the region’s governments must develop and implement cost-effective and low-risk solutions to integrate adaptation to climate change into their social and economic development plans.

Project components

The lack of knowledge in the community and institutions about the effects of climate change and the benefits of nature-based solutions makes it difficult to integrate these measures into the main municipal development plans.

The limited institutional and technical financial capacity of governments to respond to the effects of climate change can limit their adaptive ambitions.

Likewise, research institutions have minimal access to financial and human resources to disseminate the information collected. Therefore, the project proposes the implementation of activities under three components:

Incorporate the NbS in the planning of urban development in the medium and long term.

Implement urban interventions through NbS to reduce the vulnerability of local communities.

Acquire knowledge and raise awareness about urban NbS throughout the region.

Innovation and potential of CityAdapt

City Adapt provides tools so that local governments can take on the task of planning adaptation to climate change at the same time that they achieve mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from their cities by conserving their ecosystems.

NbS provide a variety of joint benefits:

  1. The generation of alternatives to livelihoods such as urban agriculture.
  2. They contribute to improvements in the health of citizens, through the conservation of urban ecosystems and their ecosystem services.
  3. They reduce the risk of flooding through permeable pavements and promote the creation of rainwater collection points and increase decarbonization in these areas, thus reducing the effect of climate change in cities.