Network Overview

The Climate Change Risk Assessment Network helps build climate resilient cities through the prioritisation and assessment of climate change risks to inform short- and long-term planning.

In 2014, 98% of C40 cities reported that the current or anticipated effects of climate change present significant risks to their cities.  In response, many C40 cities have conducted or are conducting climate risk assessments. Through the Climate Change Risk Assessment Network, C40 cities are working together to identify the best ways to gather and manage data on climate, hazards, impacts, infrastructure and communities.

Climate Change Risk Assessment Network Focus Areas

Cities participating in the network have prioritized four focus areas around which they are actively sharing policies and strategies with one another. The focus areas are:

Risk data and reporting – improving risk assessment and adaptation planning processes and reporting on adaptation measures

Community engagement – focusing on relocation, inclusion and equity in assessing and planning for climate risks

Private sector engagement – working with the private sector, PPPs and possible partnerships to boost cities’ climate risk assessment capabilities

Governance coordination – bringing all sectors of the city government together for climate change risk assessment and adaptation response planning 

The Climate Change Risk Assessment Network is led by Rio de Janeiro.

"Every city must plan ahead to confront, manage, and where possible, fully head-off the growing risks [from climate change]."

Jeffery Sachs, Climate Change and Cities 2011