UCCRN Launches Latin American Regional Hub in Rio de Janeiro
The Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) has launched its Latin American Regional Hub in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 13, 2015, in partnership with the Oswaldo Cruz Institute (FIOCRUZ), the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), the City of Rio de Janeiro, Columbia Global Center Latin America, and Rio Resiliente. The UCCRN Latin American Hub aims to strengthen a Latin American network of scholars and stakeholders dedicated to the study of climate change and cities.
The full day Launch event, entitled Building Resilient Cities: Risk of Climate Change to Urban Health Management, focused on the latest results of the UCCRN Second Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3-2), to be published by Cambridge University Press, and emphasized participant feedback. The Workshop featured presentations and panels with Rodrigo Rosa, Special Advisor to the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro; Sergio Besserman, President of Instituto Pereira Passos; Martha Barata, Gisela Costa and Ulisses Confalonieri of Oswaldo Cruz Foundation; Emilio La Rovere from UFRJ-COPPE; UCCRN ARC3-2 authors Cecilia Herzog and Maria Fernanda Campos Lemos; and UCCRN Co-Director, Cynthia Rosenzweig, from NASA and Columbia University, to discuss the profound impacts caused by climate change, and how the providers of public goods must adapt.
UCCRN’s goal is to lead an on-going, sustained global city-focused assessment and solutions program, to provide cities with the knowledge they need to effectively respond to climate change. The UCCRN Regional Hubs will enable enhanced opportunities for knowledge sharing and collaboration between urban stakeholders, practitioners, and scientists. The heart of UCCRN is its world-class researchers who are knowledge- and information-generators from universities, think tanks, and expert groups around the world that have a broad range of expertise.
“The real goal is to help cities fulfill their potential as leading responders to the climate change challenges” said UCCRN Co-Director, Cynthia Rosenzweig.
“We want to contribute to the quality of life in cities, encouraging mitigation and adaptation actions to address climate change,” said Martha Barata, Co-Director of the new Latin American Hub..
With the official launch of the second UCCRN Regional Hub in Rio de Janeiro, the network is on its way to establishing sites around the world for complete continental representation. UCCRN launched its European Hub in Paris in July 2015, and will also be launching its African Hub in Durban, South Africa in the coming year.
While in Rio de Janeiro, UCCRN Co-Director Cynthia Rosenzweig and UCCRN International Program Manager, Somayya Ali Ibrahim, also visited the site of a new reservoir and tunnel project entitled ‘Controle de Enchentes da Bacia do Canal do Mangue – Regiao da Grande Tijuca’. This set of five reservoirs and accompanying tunnels are being constructed across the Tijuca region in Rio de Janeiro to reduce peak flow of rainfall and divert water from the Maracana River towards Guarabana Bay.
For more information, visit the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation: http://portal.fiocruz.br/pt-br/content/rede-de-pesquisas-sobre-mudancas-climaticas-lanca-nucleo-na-america-latina-e-realiza