SURF, TURF and CURF: A Sustainable Regional Future

"Professor Barbara Norman of the Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) Program gives this talk at The Australian National University on 1 August 2011. A new national urban policy, climate change, regional development and sustainable population statements dominated the 2011 federal budget. All will have an impact on the future shape and design of our cities and regions. On the ground, managing urban growth in the context of sustainability and climate change is also requiring more innovative responses that transcend traditional boundaries.

Cities and Climate Change: Global Report on Human Settlements

Cities and Climate Change reviews the linkages between urbanization and climate change, two of the greatest challenges currently facing humanity in the 21st Century, and whose effects are converging in dangerous ways. It illustrates the significant contribution of urban areas to climate change while at the same time highlighting the potentially devastating effects of climate change on urban populations. It reviews policy responses, strategies and practices that are emerging in urban areas to mitigate and adapt to climate change, as well as their potential achievements and constraints.

A Low Carbon and Resilient Urban Future

This paper explores the confluence of climate change and urbanisation. It focusses on the urban environment and discusses barriers and obstacles to change. It also gives a useful overview of international examples.

Competitive Cities and Climate Change

Report mainly focusses on mitigation but there ar esome good adaptation elements||especially the discussion on interdependence of urban policy sectors and planning mechanisms for adaptation