Forests help us in many ways. They preserve biodiversity, combat climate change, and even protect us from floods. However, quantifying the value of these benefits has been a challenge...
Resilient and Liveable Cities Lab - Perrine Hamel
Our world has become urban. While this opens up opportunities, it also exacerbates some environmental and social challenges such as flooding, urban heat island, or mental and physical health issues. Conserving and creating natural infrastructure–parks, trees, green roofs, urban forests–can respond to these challenges by leveraging important natural benefits such as retaining water, cooling the air, providing opportunities for recreation, and supporting climate solutions.
The Resilient and Liveable Cities Lab at Nanyang Technological University aims to increase the evidence base on the role of natural infrastructure for urban resilience and climate adaptation in Asia-Pacific, and inform policy and practice to create more resilient and inclusive cities. The research is supported by the Singapore National Research Foundation.
Urbanisation has resulted in the proliferation of new city development - especially in the global South. These new cities provide hope for better living conditions as well as economic opportunities.
Deforestation and unplanned development increase flood risk, with impacts on lives, livelihoods, and built infrastructure.
The world urban population is expected to rise by 2.5 billion between 2014 and 2050, with nearly 90 percent of the increase concentrated in Asia and Africa.