Journal of Contemporary Urbanology

Advocating For Green Infrastructure for Climate Change Mitigation in Cities of the Developing World

Sylvester Tarungwa Iorliam (Department of Urban and Regional Planning Benue State University, Makurdi Phone:+2348135829753


Climate change impact and its mitigation have increasingly become the challenge of our time. This paper has provided a structured consideration of climate change phenomenon in the built environments. This entailed a conceptual clarification and consideration of the origins of climate change, its impacts on cities and the challenge of its mitigation. Addressing the phenomena from anthropogenic global warming theoretical perspective, the paper succumbs to the emerging argument that emissions of carbon dioxide CO2 and other carbon compounds from human activities are the major cause of contemporary global warming induced climate change. Highlighting its impact on man and environment in cities, the paper argued that mitigating climate change sustainably entails adopting an approach that willnot only attenuate its impacts on city residents but willover time reduce substantially the atmospheric content of CO2. Finally it has been concluded that the GI strategy whose benefits have being lavishly extolled offers the most sustainable solution to climate change mitigation in cities of the developing world. It has therefore been recommended that urban governments in the developing world should enact laws and policies to encourage greening of public and private open spaces, and develop networks of greenway corridors around towns with links to consciously preserved riparian corridors and wildernesses within and around the cities.

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