Climate just and climate proof urban development

Connective Cities Dialogue Event in Niterói, Brasil


As a prelude to the new learning process of Connective Cities in Latin America, the dialogue event "Climate just and climate proof urban development" took place in Niterói, Brazil, from 26-28 November 2019. Cooperation partners of the event were the city of Niterói and UCLG Learning.

The 32 participants in the event, mainly local practitioners, came from 17 cities in six countries: Brazil, Germany, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina and Mexico. All participants work in their cities or projects on the topic of climate resilience/climate adaptation in the context of sustainable urban development. The aim of the event was to exchange experience and knowledge among local practitioners on the subject, to get to know good practices and to give mutual advice to colleagues, as well as to develop project ideas for further processing in subsequent events.

During an excursion, the group first got to know some of the current and completed projects of the Niterói Municipality in situ, and then gained further insights during a meeting with the Mayor Rodrigo Neves.


In order to address the broad field of urban climate resilience systematically and according to the demand in the region and partner wishes, four thematic areas were selected for the event:

A. Technological possibilities, risk and vulnerability assessment

B. Integrated and cross-departmental planning of municipal climate adaptation measures

C. Financing of climate projects

D. Citizen participation in climate governance and other aspects

With its diverse participants, the event created a platform for exchanging experiences, discussing challenges and generating ideas for a climate-friendly and climate-iliente urban development. The aim of the exchange was to learn about good practices from various communities. The main focus was on pragmatic solutions and approaches that can be applied or adapted to different regional contexts. 

Event Programm


Präsentationen von Connective Cities

Connective Cities - una introducción

Alice Balbo

Perspectivas de cooperatión con Connective Cities

Alice Balbo


Projekte / Fallstudien

Working Group I: Posibilidades tecnológicas y evaluación de riesgos y vulnerabilidad

Cuencas Hídricas Urbanas - Paisajes del Agua, Paraná, Argentina Maria Eugenia Cichero

Maria Candela Gonzales

Gestão Integrada e tecnologias para a resiliencia, Curitiba, Brasil

Nelson Ribeiro

La evaluación de riesgos climáticos en el proceso de planificación en el ámbito municipal, Pereira, Colombia

Katherine Arcila Burgos, Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira

Plano de Contingência de Inundação e Plano Municipal de Redução de Riscos, Rio Branco, Brasil

Adriana Valente de Oliveira


Working Group II: Planificación integrada e interdepartamental de medidas municipales de adaptación climática

O Plano Diretor de Niterói e suas estratégias de desenvolvimento urbano sustentável, Niterói, Brasil

José Renato Barandier Jr.

Hacia una Ciudad de México Sensible al Agua: Espacio público como gestión responsable de agua de lluvia y "Distritos Hídricos", Ciudad de México, México

Victor Rico, Oficina de Resiliencia Urbana (ORU)

Plan Maestro de Cambio Climático Montería Ciudad Verde 2019, Montería, Colombia

Carlos Montoya

Adaption to the consequences of Climate change in Dortmund / Adaptación a las consecuencias del cambio climático en Dortmund, Dortmund, Alemania

Michael Leischner


Working Group III: Financiamiento Climático

Nova Rua Miguel Calmon, Salvador, Brasil

Ronaldo Batista de Lima

Construcción del Parque Lineal del Río Portoviejo - Parque Las Vegas, como integración de los recursos naturales a la trama urbana y creación de espacios resilientes de la Ciudad, Portoviejo, Ecuador

Eriko Bernal

Climate Proof Investment: Cómo incluir el concepto de climate proofing en la planificación de destino turísticos y ciudades sostenibles, ADAPTUR, GIZ México

Fabián Trejo

La incorporación del cambio climático en los procesos de planificación territorial de la ciudad y acción ciudadana caso San Pablo, Portoviejo, Ecuador

Jhonny Marcelo Garcia


Working Group IV: Participación ciudadana en la resiliencia climática y otros aspectos

Training to become a Climate hero / Formación de héroes del clima, Stuttgart, Alemania

Regina Lüdert

Coordinación técnica en resiliencia urbana - ambiental en el Municipio de Toluca, con un enfoque metropolitano, Toluca, México

Rogelio Morales

Gestão de Voluntariado no Município de Niterói: NUDEC, a extensão da Defesa Civil nas Comunidades, Niterói, Brasil

Walace Medeiros





Apart from some presentations in the plenum and in groups, the event was above all characterised by a lively exchange and intensive dialogue. As is typical for Connective Cities events, the majority of the workshop took place in working groups. Synergies, parallels and potentials for the transfer of experience and knowledge quickly became apparent here. The participants therefore attached great importance to networking among themselves and to continuing the exchange after the event. One of the main findings in relation to the issue of urban climate resilience was the need to see crises as opportunities and to use the resulting opportunity windows to implement innovative or proven solutions that are otherwise difficult to implement. Ideally, a city can emerge from a crisis more resilient and environmentally friendly.

The project planning led to four concrete projects dealing with the improvement of the resilience of anthropic and ecological communities in risk zones (Ecuador), ecosystem-based climate adaptation in tourist destinations (Mexico), the adaptation of housing units to predicted temperature increases (Colombia) and the containment of landslide and fire risk in a socially disadvantaged urban district (Brazil).

During the excursion on the second day of the event, the participants were able to see with their own eyes current and completed projects of the Niterói Municipality. The excursion was led by Axel Grael, Head of Urban Planning. The group then met the Mayor of Niterói, Rodrigo Neves, who provided further background information on the city's planned and completed projects.

In addition to the exchange of technical know-how, solution options and planning instruments, the dialogue event has created a new transnational network of urban actors from Latin America and Germany, which can continue to grow and be consolidated within the framework of the joint learning process.


Climate Resilience and Urban Development
2020 - UCLG Peer Learning Note #26


Categories: Connective Cities Documentation Integrated urban development Cities and climate change
Regions: Dortmund Stuttgart Latin America Argentina Brazil Niteroi Ecuador Colombia Mexico Toluca


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