Joint Expert Meeting of WGII and WGIII on Human Settlements and Infrastructure — Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies
The city of Calcutta has a population of over 5 million, and continues to sprawl to the north and south from the central grid of its old European section. Credit: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA-JPL)
The Expert Meeting organized by Working Groups II and III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will explore how the mitigation of climate change and the adaptation to climate impacts through human settlements and their infrastructure interact.
A large share of emissions of greenhouse gases from power generation, industry, transportation and consumption is attributable to settlements. Cities are especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change because of their growing concentration of population and infrastructure assets. Infrastructure investments in the near future will determine the emission paths of cities in the long-run. However, as the majority of the population in developing countries lives in rural areas, there is also a need to assess adaptive and mitigative capacities for rural settlements.
The results of the Expert Meeting will feed into the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), to be published in 2014.
IPCC Working Group II information on the workshop: