Local climate action is based on initiatives that can be driven by a variety problems and goals. The corresponding strategies and adaptation processes are therefore often closely related to specific local circumstances. Nevertheless, discourse and exchange can enable important learning effects at all levels. The cluster „Infrastructure“ will be facilitating these through several examples – from mobility in rural areas to the evolution of the UN-Habitat Agenda.

Cluster Lead: 

Holger Robrecht (CV)


Feres Mezghani (CV)

Adapting to Climate Change (WS 10)

01/10/2015, 13:30
Room 3, ground floor

In light of previous developments and mindful of the great challenges in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, we must, in any case, expect the significant consequences of climate change. Communities are increasingly facing great challenges with extreme weather conditions and periods of droughts and heatwaves. Climate predications are complex and uncertain, and consequences of climate change will vary across small-scale spaces and regions. Hence, climate adaptation is a task to be addressed at local and regional level. Adaptation processes and an increase in resilience are closely related to the respective specific local circumstances in municipal and urban development. A wide array of actors and interests must be considered and integrated if municipalities are to arm themselves against the conse- quences of floods or heatwaves.

The workshop will enable sharing experiences of local governments’ adaptation activities (including tools and technologies), as well as identifying key steps, obstacles and success factors. Furthermore necessary and possible next steps for local adaptation world-wide will be discussed.

Dorah Marema, GenderCC Southern Africa
Susanne Hempen, BMUB
Cordine Lippert, City of Potsdam
Mr Moumini Savadogo, IUCN Burkina Faso

Holger Robrecht, ICLEI

Template WS 10 - Adapting to Climate Change

Energy-Efficient Building and Construction (WS 11)

01/10/2015, 15:30
Room 3, ground floor

In many countries, the share of CO2 emissions arising from using buildings is considerable. in Germany, for example, heating, hot water and light in public and private buildings amount to a share of 40 % of total energy consumption or almost 20 % of the entire CO2 emissions. Building and redeveloping in an energy efficient way is therefore key for climate action. Municipalities and local actors play a very important role here – both with regard to municipal properties and the collaboration of municipalities with private investors and local companies.

An increase in energy efficiency in buildings takes place if the correct incentives and framework conditions for new construction and redevelopment are created. In the long-term, climate-neutral buildings will develop that make a crucial contribution to climate action and the resilience of municipalities. In Germany – as in other countries – there is already an abundance of experience with local projects, national programmes and campaigns, some of which are shown here and shall be put up for discussion.

Astrid Hoffmann-Kallen, City of Hanover
Dr.-Ing. Klaus Habermann-Nieße, plan zwei Stadtplanung und Architektur
Hans Erhorn, Fraunhofer IBP
Andreas Skrypietz, Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU), Zentrum für Umweltkommunikation (ZUK)
Gerald Kampert, City of Dortmund

Sarah Rieseberg, arepo consult
Anne Dahmen, adelphi

Template WS 11 - Energy-Efficient Building and Construction

Climate Action as Part of the New Urban Agenda - 
Sustainable and Liveable Cities through Municipal Climate Policy
(UN Habitat) (WS 12)

02/10/2015, 09:00
Room 3, ground floor

The UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), to take place in Quito, Ecuador from 17-20th October 2016, will adopt a new framework document for the global develop- ment of cities during the next 20 years, the New Urban Agenda. This framework will be able to address the role of cities for the implementation of the SDGs – especially the proposed Goal 11 on inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements – and the climate agreement, by coming up with action and implementation oriented guidelines and policy recommendations.

The objective of the workshop is to take a closer look at the Habitat III-Process. It will place different aspects of local climate action on the agenda and in particular engage with the question of how they can be linked to other goals of sustainable urban development. Climate change mitigation must not be trad- ed off against other important goals such as economic development, enhanced inclusion and combating poverty. We aim at discussing how green, climate-friendly urban development approaches contribute to better integrated, more inclusive and liveable cities.

Rafael Tuts, Coordinator Urban Planning and Design Branch, UN-Habitat
Monika Zimmermann, Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI World Secretariat and Member of Habitat III Policy Unit #8
Sergio Angón Rodrígues, Deputy Director of Environment, Municipality of Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
Dr Nguyen Quang, Programme Director UN Habitat, Vietnam
Eva Jähnigen, Deputy Mayor, City of Dresden, Germany

Dr Vera Rodenhoff, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety 

Template WS 12 - Climate Action as Part of the New Urban Agenda (UN Habitat)

Climate-Friendly Mobility in Rural Areas (Difu) (WS 09)

02/10/2015, 09:00
Room 6, basement

Traffic-induced emissions when driving over long distances in the countryside make up a considerable portion of specific greenhouse gas output. At the same time, options for mobility without owning a car are important for young and elderly people alike to be able to participate in public life, as well as for the attractiveness and sustainability of a region. We will discuss various ways of how to deal in practice with the special challenges for sustainable mobility development in rural areas. Good, local examples from rural areas are presented and possible future developments for mobility in the countryside dis- cussed in this workshop. // This Workshop is organised by the Deutsche Institut für Urbanistik [German Institute of Urban Affairs] 

Gunnar Heipp, International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and Munich Transport Corporation

Dr Timo Barwisch, Büro plan:mobil, City of Kassel (CV)

Martin Scheuermaier, Vorarlberg Mobil, Federal State Administration of Vorarlberg, Austria (CV)


Jörg Thiemann-Linden, thiemann-linden office of city and mobility (CV)

Template WS 09 - Climate-Friendly Mobility in Rural Areas



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