Sustainable development in cities: Collaborating to improve urban climate resilience and develop the business case for adaptation

Peter Mark Eckersley, Kit England, Laurence Ferry

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Sustainable development, climate adaptation and urban resilience are becoming increasingly important issues for municipal governments. However, councils cannot address these issues alone, and are often hindered by a lack of clarity around the potential costs and benefits of taking action. This article sets out how public bodies can use alternative, collaborative approaches to understand climate risks better and thereby support the business case for adaptation. It highlights how Newcastle City Council worked with other local stakeholders to develop a shared understanding of how a major storm could affect services and infrastructures across North East England. This helped the authority to identify the potential costs of an extreme weather event, and informed its decision to invest in infrastructure that will help to protect future generations from similar incidents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-344
JournalPublic Money and Management
Issue number5
Early online date1 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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  • local government
  • resilience
  • Wicked problems
  • climate adaptation
  • business case

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