Project Information

Title: Adaptation strategy to Climate Change through Open Space in Colombia

Client: Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible (MADS) y Fondo Financiero de Proyectos de Desarrollo (FONADE) – 2013

Project Description

In Barranquilla, a city situated on the shores of the Magdalena River and bordered by the Caribbean Ocean, policy makers needed to identify a climate change adaptation strategy that could protect the city from hazards such as flooding, sea level surge and landslides. The project required the use of remote sensing analyses to assess the cities vulnerability to climate change hazards and also to create a suitability analysis that identified areas where open-spaces could have the maximum climate change mitigation potential. After categorizing the different open space typologies found in the city, unique adaptation strategies were tailored to each open-space typology in order to create a network of open spaces that could increase the cities resiliency. The results of the project aided local stakeholders in identifying areas vulnerable to hazards while also demonstrating that open spaces could form part of broader, cost effective climate change adaptation strategy.

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