Urban Innovation

Urban Innovations: 57

Early Action, Resilience, and Heatwave Collaboration in Asia Pacific

Day 1 – Tuesday, 15 October 2019
09:00 - 10:30
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Nora Steurer
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Lead Organization
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Partner Organizer(s)
  • IFRC Network of Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies and Reference Centres (based in Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines and India);
  • Start Network members: Muslim Aid (based in Pakistan) and Action Against Hunger (based in Pakistan)
  • University of Reading (organization based in United Kingdom) with COSMA Project in Sri Lanka
Lead Organizer(s)

The IFRC urban innovations event focusing on cross-cutting collaboration in addressing heatwaves will utilize mixed-methods, including a panel discussion, case-studies, video clips, and a game. This event will take a closer look at the Red Cross Red Crescent (RCRC) involvement and partnerships in urban work in Vietnam, Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka to address extreme heat through innovative multi-stakeholder approaches with governments and other networks. These approaches include Forecast-based Financing (FbF) in Hanoi designed to release funding for selected early actions ahead of a heatwave, collaborating with the Met department for the timing of IEC materials distribution, and leveraging traditional design knowledge in Colombo. Behaviour change communication for heatwaves, also known as the “silent killer”, requires creativity in conveying – at the most relevant times – the seriousness and severity this disaster poses to at-risk groups, including low-income groups, elderly, children, and people with disabilities. Urban design and planning play a key role in reducing heat-related deaths as the built environment can both contribute to and mitigate the urban heat-island-effect. The other themes highlighted during this dynamic event will include data and technologies for Smart Cities, mentioning the IFRC reference centres’ innovations including apps/messaging platforms and urban guidance rolled out with local actors. Our session will showcase innovations and the overarching connections between science-policy-practice in addressing extreme heat through every vehicle mentioned. Our session will close off with a game that highlights the inequity in how heat impacts individuals according to characteristics that include location, gender, socioeconomic status, age, and profession.

Objectives of the Session
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Join us at the seventh session of the Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF7) in Penang, Malaysia from 15 to 17 October 2019