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51db3180831fddsc04272 1 - climate adaptation.
What can we do to minimize heat waves and heat islands? (At a certain location)
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me crop - climate adaptation.

Hi @Mohamed El Raey! I know that there is a lot of work ongoing in this area so hopefully others will chip in. For now, we have some resources on weADAPT that may be of interest:

Green Infrastructure is a key strategy for reducing heat stress, particularly in cities. You can find an introduction to green infrastructure here. An example of this is Rooftop Farming to reduce heat stress.

This article on Engaging the Private Sector in Green Infrastructure Development and Financing has a link to USAID's GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE RESOURCE GUIDE, which has a chapter (8) on reducing urban heat islands.

The European Green Capital Network 'Future-proof Toolkit' for cities and the Green Book: Adapting South African settlements to climate change, and SOLUTIONS IN FOCUS: Ecosystem-Based Adaptation from Mountains to Oceans (and the PANORAMA Solution platform it links to) also have some strategies - you will need to explore these resources to find them but they are quite rich in content.

With regards to planning and implementing heat stress reduction strategies for cities this article may also be of interest: Building a Climate-Resilient City: The built environment.

Hope this helps and I look forward to reading what others think on this subject.

51db3180831fddsc04272 1 - climate adaptation.


Yes, but what about the heat wave in the presence of heat islands

jag - climate adaptation.

If it is within a plot of land where there is a proposal for a building make sure that you factor in all passive strategies to reduce the heat island namely high SRI paintings on the roof and walls, green roofs, adequate and relevant green infrastructure which may inlcude vegetation, pervious paving all suitably planned. These will go a long way in reducing the heat island and further add value in terms of reduciong the operational expenses of the building. Also encourage this practice with the neighbours and the community for a profound impact

mandy photo - climate adaptation.

Hi Mohamed, you can find a "How to adapt your city to extreme heat" here. More information also on the newly launched (and still developing) C40 Knowledge Hub on different cooling tecqniques and policies.