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Urban Planners Must Integrate Health Interventions Into Building ‘Climate-Smart Cities’

Devex: Creating climate-smart cities: 3 ways to incorporate health into urban planning
Debora Freitas López, director in the Southern Africa region at Chemonics

“…Using health to inform climate change adaptation and mitigation in cities is not merely a suggestion; it must be a mandatory part of urban planning moving forward. … As cities become increasingly stretched to deal with the growing health threats brought on by climate change, it is critical that they approach urban planning challenges with measures that incorporate health interventions. Better governance, more empowered decision-makers, and improved health service delivery mechanisms are three ways to build climate-smart cities that place current and future well-being at the forefront of their responsibility. The world can no longer afford to ignore climate change and how it is influencing our health. It is up to us to make sure that our cities — hubs of economic and social innovation — are poised to take a lead role” (12/7).

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