Climate-resilient urban expansion planning

This paper was produced as part of the Cities Alliance Cities and Migration Global Programme financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The paper argues that municipal governments can take meaningful action to prepare for climate change using the same methodology that is used to help secondary cities plan for rapid population growth – urban expansion planning. Urban expansion planning is a lightweight technique to organise land in the peripheral areas of cities, where growth is likely to occur, by laying out arterial roads and protecting environmentally sensitive open spaces in advance of development. The approach is focused on acquiring land for infrastructure before development occurs and can be modified to incorporate data on likely climate risks on the urban periphery.