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How can we address emerging challenges of health and wellbeing in cities as test labs for global sustainability?



We propose to apply a collaborative agent based model in combination with participatory process in order to improve health and wellbeing in cities and thereby address challenges of climate change. 

Category of the action

Building efficiency: Physical Action

What actions do you propose?

We will identify the actions which will lead to an improvement of health and wellbeing in cities, e.g. improving urban green and walkability in a city, which will simultaneously mitigate the impacts from climate change, e.g. urban heat islands.

Currently we are in the process of organizing the process with the Beirut Arab University in Beirut, Lebanon.

Who will take these actions?

University, government authorities, citizens, research organizations, resilience brokers

Where will these actions be taken?

Beirut, Lebanon

How much will emissions be reduced or sequestered vs. business as usual levels?

No projections ave bee made so far

What are other key benefits?

In a first workshop, participants have identified a list of probem areas for the city of Beirut. Urban green and walkability was collectively agreed upon as an action area. Improving urban green and walkability of the city is nt only a beautification of the city, it improves air quality, is an incentive to walk the city, thereby reduces obesity, improves social connectedness and neighborhood relations, and reduces the heat island effect.

Urban green and walkability is an entry point to improving urban climate with various health co-benefits.

What are the proposal’s costs?

Specific actions still need to be identified in a second workshop October 2017

Time line

Proposed actions still need to be identified collectively with stakeholders

Related proposals

this needs to be investigated