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    In April 2013, the partnership between Rotterdam and Ho Chi Minh City resulted in the creation of the HCMC Climate Adaptation Stategy (CAS), which provides principles for urban development in times of climate change. In its next phase, the partnership is focused on putting the CAS principles into practice, mainstreaming them into the categories PeopleProjectsPlans and Procedures. The goal of this project is to support HCMC in becoming climate resilient by raising awareness, building capacity, and mainstreaming, or incorporating, climate change adaptation into all relevant plans and procedures.

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    This month has seen two extensive reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) covering, in turn, the topics of climate change adaptation and mitigation. Those who argue against action to reduce our dependency on hydro-carbons have fuelled the perception in the popular press that we can choose between these two spheres of action – preventing climate change through carbon emissions reductions on the one hand, or adapting to its impacts on the other.

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    In the future, flooding in Venice could be further aggravated by the predicted rise in sea level resulting from climate change. To address this risk, the Mose barriers have been constructed in the City of Venice; these are designed to cope with a rise in the sea level of up to 60 cm, and to be managed flexibly enough to cope with an increase in the frequency of high tides in various ways, depending on the characteristics and scale of the tidal event. The Mose system was conceived to safeguard Venice from high tides/sea level rise and consequent flooding. It consists of mobile barriers able to temporarily separate the lagoon from the sea and protect Venice from both exceptional destructive events as well as more frequent events.

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    Cities are potentially the most resilient of all human creations, yet modern cities and their reliance on technologies have demonstrated our weaknesses in the face of increasingly extreme weather events. The combining trends of urbanisation and climate change have moved the topic of resilience to the forefront of climate change discussions. According to the United Nations, natural disasters between 2000 and 2012 are estimated to have caused $1.7 trillion globally in damages.

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