Cities are highly vulnerable to climate change. Even cities with low per capita emissions of Greenhouse Gases need to promote plans to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

This should be done principally by incorporating guidelines and actions in public works programs that correct and improve urban design and urban planning, giving priority to a compact city, efficient transportation, the conservation and efficient use of energy, the development of sustainable buildings, appropriate land use, integrated solid waste management strategies, the protection of public health and certainly the promotion of education for sustainable development.
While mitigation is on the national and international agenda, stimulated by international accords, adaptation is the priority function of local government, because even if some of the risks related to climate change have still not become serious, the need to act now has arrived.

Since most buildings and infrastructure such as circulation routes, water capturing and distribution systems, sewerage systems and solid waste handling infrastructure have long lives, it is essential that urban development planning and everything that is built be capable of handling current and probable future risks, and assures that built areas can deal with intense rainfall. The possible effects of climate change and associated risks to public health and to the property of our population must be mitigated.

Thus, it is with great satisfaction that I present to the community of the city and state of São Paulo, to Brazil and to international communities, the Guidelines of the City of São Paulo Action Plan for the Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Changes, developed through broad participation of the city and state communities, promoted by the Municipal Committee for Climate Change and Eco-economy, and which represent an important step in this direction.

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