GRCN-World Bank: Cities on the Frontlines: Urban Heat and COVID-19


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GRCN-World Bank: Cities on the Frontlines: Urban Heat and COVID-19

June 11, 2020
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Already 2020 is on track to be the hottest year on record. While urban heat is certainly not a new phenomenon and is known to disproportionally affect marginalized communities, COVID-19 has added on an additional layer of risk to cities and the vulnerable communities within them.

This session will delve into the compound vulnerabilities of heat and COVID-19, and will discuss global lessons learned on mapping methods that support prioritization action as well as cases of urban heat adaptation as cities wrestle with re-opening and recovery.

  • Anne-Marie Hitipeuw, Chief Resilience Officer of the City of The Hague will share how in her city – where heat causes more deaths each year than any other climate-related event –the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the urgency to address urban heat, and will set out the city’s approach drawing on international examples.
  • Johanna Lovecchio, Associate Director and Grga Basic, Associate Research Scholar at Columbia University’s Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes will discuss practical methods of understanding and mapping compound risks of heat and COVID-19, alongside lessons learned and examples from their work in cities.

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