Credits to C40.

C40 is a network of mayors of nearly 100 world-leading cities collaborating to deliver the urgent action needed right now to confront the climate crisis. They established the Water Safe Cities project in collaboration with the Grundfos Foundation to sharpen the focus on water and climate change.

The recently released Water Safe Cities report quantifies the impact of climate-driven droughts and flooding on the world’s largest cities and their residents. This analysis highlights how cities play a crucial role in not only recognizing the risks, but also in taking urgent actions to protect their residents and critical infrastructure, as well as promoting resilience. Specifically concerning floods, it emerged how, by 2050, cities will see large increases in the number of people exposed to flooding and damages. In addition, the populations in Global South cities will be 10 times more affected than populations in Global North cities, which in turn will face greater urban damage costs. Therefore, adopting solutions to mitigate threats like flooding is crucial to reduce urban damage and create water resilient cities.

The SaferPlaces platform is one solution, already available on the market, that can support cities in taking flood resilience actions, developing adaptation measures, as well as strengthening emergency response planning.

More on C40 water safe cities here: “Building water safe cities”