Leveling Infrastructure: climate change adaptation
CAJU’s Infrastructure project footprint compensation and offsets strategy for climate adaptive interventions in low income urban areas.
Can climate adaptation be initiated with addressing infrastructure projects’ offsets?
All projects have an impact. CAJU’s strategy takes advantage of infrastructure projects needs of offsetting impacts and in how to allocate the compensatory measures to achieve a resilient outcome in cities. By ameliorating heat islands effects, education, and food security it is possible to enhance resilience of vulnerable communities in the context of climate change.
Urban Heat Stresses:
Global warming is likely to amplify heat waves and increase exponentially the risk of adverse health impacts (e.g. deaths due to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, commonly associated the causes with extreme heat events).
CAJU understands favelas as extremely vulnerable communities to suffer from the negative effects of heat stresses. According to Hajat, S., & Kosatky, T. (2010), higher risks associated to extreme heat exposition in urban areas are given by heavy urbanization (built-up environment) and higher population density (p.757).