Public administrations face now more than ever the so-called “wicked problems”: complex and articulated challenges among which climate change stands out. Milan is learning to act in a practical and tangible way, through innovative tools and actions to develop a new framework for growth and development.

In a city that has a population density close to 7,700 inhabitants/km2, adapting and reponding to the effects of climate change is not only an environmental issue, it is also a question of reducing and managing the vulnerabilities inhabitants are subjected to. Therefore, considering the almost 1.4 million inhabitants and the complexities of densely populated areas, the city needs to take part in international networks and initiatives, adopting measures to initiate urban regeneration processes and to improve quality of life.

Milan is focusing on risk evaluation, monitoring and assessments related to its main risks: air pollution, urban heat island effects and urban flooding. By observing climate data and analizing climate change through existing and new technologies, this pilot city aims to contribute in creating a support system to improve the resilience and sustainability of cities’ urban fabric.
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