Network Overview

The Connecting Delta Cities Network supports the efforts of coastal delta cities to address climate change related spatial development, water management and adaptation.

More than two thirds of the world's largest cities are coastal delta cities vulnerable to rising sea levels as a result of climate change, where millions of people are already being exposed to the risk of extreme floods and storms. By the middle of this century, the majority of the world’s population will live in cities in or near deltas, estuaries or coastal zones. Such socio-economic trends increase the risk of extreme climate-change related events and the vulnerability of delta cities is expected to increase in the decades to come. 

Connecting Delta Cities Network Focus Areas

The Connecting Delta Cities Network brings together delta cities to exchange knowledge on climate adaptation and share best practices that can support cities in developing their adaptation strategies. Cities participating in the network have prioritized focus areas around which they are actively sharing policies and strategies with one another. A few of the main current focus areas are:

Systematic Adaptation – Moving from ad hoc adaptation to integrated systematic and holistic adaptation

Sustainable Urban Drainage – green infrastructure and surface drainage typologies and policies for delta cities

Monitoring and Evaluation – methods and standards for indicating the efficacy of adaptation actions

Cost-benefit and Co-benefit Assessment – making the economic and social cases for adaptation action

The Connecting Delta Cities Network is led by Rotterdam.

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