Enhancing urban climate resilience: the role of law

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course etc.Scientific


Cities are extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Climate change affects almost every city in the world, and as a result, climate resilience has become an urgent matter in urban political agendas. Responsive and flexible adaptation policies are needed to make cities resilient. In order to develop and implement such policies, cities have to rely on an enabling legal framework. In some instances, specific adaptation law does not exist. Cities therefore have to rely on existing legal and governance instruments to address climate change in different sectors, such as planning and land use management, transport and mobility, building and construction, or environmental management, for instance. The question arises whether the existing instruments and legal frameworks enable city authorities to adequately promote or enhance climate resilience in their areas of jurisdiction, or whether a new or more flexible regulatory framework is needed.

The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, together with the University of the Western Cape’s Global Environmental Law Centre (GELC) and Tilburg Sustainability Center is hosting a workshop where legal and governance scholars aim to critically consider, through relevant case studies (city examples) what is required from legal frameworks in order to enable city authorities to promote or enhance climate resilience. The workshop will also include a keynote lecture by Gianluca Crispi (UN Habitat) on the recently launched UN Habitat: Law and Climate Change Toolkit: An Innovative Tool to Support the Implementation of the Paris Agreement at City Level.
Period24 Jun 2021
Event typeWorkshop
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • urban planning
  • climate change adaptation
  • resilience
  • climate change law
  • planning law
  • green building
  • mobility
  • stormwater management
  • urban heat island