Changde: Sponge City Construction

Changde is a city in the northwest of Hunan Province. Here the change of extreme precipitation events has been significant in recent years – heavy rain and rain storm events increased. By applying institutional mechanism and system construction, Changde actively carries out Sponge City construction and adaptation to climate change action. The financing mechanism combining internal collection, loan and crowdfunding provides sufficient funds for Changde’s Sponge City construction. The city was in 2015 selected to be among the first set of pilots for Sponge City construction. (Available only in Chinese)


Climate Risk and Resilience

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The CRR project aims to enhance climate resilience of China’s urban centers and their rural surroundings in order to reduce human and economic losses. The project will empower local pilot cities with an ICRM approach to identify climate hazards, exposures, and vulnerabilities. Based on the risk analysis, the Chinese government can analyze occurrence probability, frequency, and severity due to climate change; localize asset geographic locations and values; and quantify the economic losses. Incorporating comprehensive socioeconomic impacts, local governments are enabled to apply climate adaptive, risk-informed measures to protect assets, businesses, and individuals.