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Contemporary Gulf city in the era of Climate Change: Exploring Resilience and Adaptation pathways

Authors: Elnazir Ramadan*, Sultan Qaboos University
Topics: Sustainability Science, Middle East, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: Climate Change, adaptation and Resilience , Policy ,GCC States
Session Type: Paper
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The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States are becoming extremely urbanized. The region consists of more than 15 major cities with more than million inhabitants and clearly these cities are the vital cultural, economic and innovative centers. Urbanization of the region is characterized by one of the world high urban population growth rates. Urban primacy is another feature of these countries as most countries are dominated by huge capital cities. The urban growth rates within the region are basically attributed to both high fertility rates as well as to the influx of migration into the region. It is quite evident that climate change stresses create pressures on these rapidly growing urban centers. The key objective of this article is to address resilience and adaptation questions in response to climate change challenges in these countries. The overall approach and method is based on a policy review and a policy analysis framework to see how climate change mitigation and adaptation practices and measures could to be incorporated and coordinated within the whole policy framework.

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