Climate Change and Urban Resilience in Nepal: - Looking through the Lens of Urban Poor
2 November 2023
Key issues associated with the urban poor include lack of government recognition to the informal settlements, basic safety of lives and livelihoods, frequent flooding and inundation of the settlements followed by disease outbreaks contributed by the results of poor hygiene and sanitation conditions, loss of jobs and savings due to health issues, multiple dimensions of urban poverty and occupationa. [...] The major highlights of the legislation are1: • The land authority shall distribute the land equally among the landlord and the tenant, thus protecting the land rights of the tenants and dispelling dual ownership over land. [...] The key recommendations for building the resiliency of urban poor in the Nepali cities are: • Assess risks and vulnerability of informal settlements and urban poor to climate impacts Neighborhood or community-level assessment of risks and vulnerability is important to understand the degree of exposure of urban poor to climate disasters and environmental hazards and to understand the interdependenc. [...] • Invest in and extend infrastructure and services to low-income neighborhoods Without the political reach and often the unclear legality of the informal settlements, many of the urban poor are deprived of essential services and it is often left to the individuals to manage basic needs for themselves. [...] The key objectives of the consultation was to discuss the major issues of the urban poor and policies relating to the urban poor and policies relating to the urban poor and also come up with key recommendations/ suggestions to make smart cities that are climate resilient.