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Policy Lab

The Peri-cene Policy Lab is a unique coming together of city-region partners from across the globe, to diagnose problems and map out adaptive pathways for 'climate-proofing the peri-urban'.

The Policy Lab helps to build 'collective climatic intelligence' around peri-urbanisation and climate risk. It brings together public, private and civic sectors with researchers. The practical applications include:

  • Peri-urban spatial planning and climate risk and resilience
  • Environmental resource management & urban infrastructure
  • Financial and real estate sectors
  • Social economy & community enterprise

The key activities include:

  • International workshop in mid-2021 in Stockholm (date to be confirmed)
  • Interviews with partners and a series of dialogues by webinar;
  • Online Peri-urban Analysis Tool for spatial development / climate risk & resilience:
  • Online Pathways Tool for dialogue on innovations and ways forward.

The policy lab work will be supported by the P-CAT and P-PATH tools.

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The general process follows the Synergistic toolkit
This is structured in 4 stages over 18 months (mid 2020-late 2021):

1) Systems / Baselines, for the present (what’s the problem?)

2) Scenarios / changes, for future trends (how could this change?)

3) Synergies / visions, for future ideas (what could be possible?)

4) Strategies / pathways, for present action (who does what when?)

policy lab dialogue in progress

Who is in the Policy Lab?

  • 16 city-regions are signed up Partners: Melbourne, Changsha, Surabaya, Bangkok, Cairo, Johannesburg, Kumasi, Naples, Helsinki, Belo Horizonte, Toronto, San Diego, and Mexicali (along with the major case studies in Chennai & Manchester region)
  • Associated partner city / regions also include: Victoria (AU), Tokyo, Guangzhou, Dhaka, Doha, Moscow, Granada, Stockholm and Santiago.
  • The partners and associated partners are supported by three inter-governmental organisations: UN Habitat, UN Global Cities Compact, and ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives). Many of the partners are also members of the Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities community.

Together, these Partners represent the major urban types and climate risk types, from both developing ('urban South') and developed countries ('urban North').

More information on how the policy lab works can be downloaded here

Policy-Lab partners

The partner city-region pages are being posted here: (so far 7 out of 21 are up).

Each of these is a pilot version with background information, in preparation for structured dialogue.

Melbourne

Changsha

Surabaya

Bangkok

Cairo

Johannesburg

Kumasi

SOURCES for the following city-region pages include:

  • Climate-environment hazards: World Bank database on Think Hazard portal
  • indicies: region / province level data where available, otherwise national.
  • Governance indices: generally national level data from composite indicator libraries:
  • BTI = Bertelsmann Transformation Index
  • SPI = Social Progress Index
  • WGI = World Governance Index

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