The Rotterdam Workshop on Climate Change and Urban Planning was a vital step forward in co-ordinating action to tackle climate change as part of sustainable development across the world.
It was organised by the Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP), UN-Habitat and the institute of housing and urban development studies at Erasmus University. It brought together about 40 spatial planners and academics.
The workshop showcased developing practice, ranging from situations where climate change is already seriously threatening urban development, such as rising sea levels and increasing rainfall in Ho Chi Minh City, to less pressing but nonetheless serious topics, such as carbon reduction and water management in Rotterdam.
The planners and academics gave fascinating presentations of their current work on various urban planning and climate change challenges in some very different contexts. University representatives suggested the scope of a tertiary education syllabus for planners on tackling climate change.