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Climate-Resilient Communities in the Context of Developing Countries

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Climate-resilient communities is a topic that is gaining relevance in many fields. The concept of resilience is often addressed to explain the capability of a system to absorb impacts and reorganize itself after a process of change to maintain the same function, structure, identity, and capacity.

In recent decades, several cities in developing countries such as Delhi, Mexico City, Sao Paolo, and Abuja, have undergone a process of densification, resulting from population growth and high housing demand. This phenomenon is one of the main factors that exacerbate climate change and is defined as having a strong environmental impact. It is a direct result of the construction industry being one of the most natural resource-demanding industries worldwide. Consequently, this rapid growth is causing imbalanced development in many cities and an accelerated increase in the effects of climate change.

In developing countries, access to the construction of structured housing by low-income populations is limited and, in some cases, non-existent. Likewise, the provision of low-quality social housing is inadequate to meet the needs of these populations. As a result, the growth of marginalized communities shows not only inefficiency in the consumption of natural resources and construction of houses, but in its poor response to the consequences of climate change.

In this context, the effects of climate change are observable in residential urban areas, with a rise in daily temperature and sea level, changes in rainfall patterns, storm surges, and loss of biodiversity. As a result, households face problematic operating costs. The most vulnerable communities often are the worst affected and experience energy poverty, poor health, and environmental comfort. This is often because they are less able to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters. Although there has been the implementation of policies to enable countries to move towards a sustainable future, it is unrealistic to respond to various challenges posed by the 2050 target amendment order. Thus, resilience and mitigation together with sustainable housing in developing countries pose a fundamentally different challenge.

This Research Topic aims to deepen the meaning of community resilience and identify the pillars on which it is supported to ultimately reduce sources of vulnerability and strengthen communities. We are looking for articles that provide a realistic view of the climatic challenges faced by the aforementioned communities in developing countries and the necessary resilience that is required. Studies of such resilience could range from housing to whole city and even cooperation between cities, or links between urban and rural areas.

Lastly, this special issue aims to be a space for the dissemination of academic research, to provide fruitful and thought-provoking reading, and to seek dialogue between researchers and institutions on the topic of resilience. It can be a multidisciplinary forum for scholars to share their interest in environmental issues and to come up with an evolving conversation about contributions to living and thinking sustainably in a world of dwindling resources where resilient housing is at the center of this discussion.


Keywords: Climate Resilient Communities, Developing Countries, Sustainable Development, Frameworks, Case Studies, Research Methodologies, Computer Simulation And Modelling, Building Energy Performance


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Climate-resilient communities is a topic that is gaining relevance in many fields. The concept of resilience is often addressed to explain the capability of a system to absorb impacts and reorganize itself after a process of change to maintain the same function, structure, identity, and capacity.

In recent decades, several cities in developing countries such as Delhi, Mexico City, Sao Paolo, and Abuja, have undergone a process of densification, resulting from population growth and high housing demand. This phenomenon is one of the main factors that exacerbate climate change and is defined as having a strong environmental impact. It is a direct result of the construction industry being one of the most natural resource-demanding industries worldwide. Consequently, this rapid growth is causing imbalanced development in many cities and an accelerated increase in the effects of climate change.

In developing countries, access to the construction of structured housing by low-income populations is limited and, in some cases, non-existent. Likewise, the provision of low-quality social housing is inadequate to meet the needs of these populations. As a result, the growth of marginalized communities shows not only inefficiency in the consumption of natural resources and construction of houses, but in its poor response to the consequences of climate change.

In this context, the effects of climate change are observable in residential urban areas, with a rise in daily temperature and sea level, changes in rainfall patterns, storm surges, and loss of biodiversity. As a result, households face problematic operating costs. The most vulnerable communities often are the worst affected and experience energy poverty, poor health, and environmental comfort. This is often because they are less able to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters. Although there has been the implementation of policies to enable countries to move towards a sustainable future, it is unrealistic to respond to various challenges posed by the 2050 target amendment order. Thus, resilience and mitigation together with sustainable housing in developing countries pose a fundamentally different challenge.

This Research Topic aims to deepen the meaning of community resilience and identify the pillars on which it is supported to ultimately reduce sources of vulnerability and strengthen communities. We are looking for articles that provide a realistic view of the climatic challenges faced by the aforementioned communities in developing countries and the necessary resilience that is required. Studies of such resilience could range from housing to whole city and even cooperation between cities, or links between urban and rural areas.

Lastly, this special issue aims to be a space for the dissemination of academic research, to provide fruitful and thought-provoking reading, and to seek dialogue between researchers and institutions on the topic of resilience. It can be a multidisciplinary forum for scholars to share their interest in environmental issues and to come up with an evolving conversation about contributions to living and thinking sustainably in a world of dwindling resources where resilient housing is at the center of this discussion.


Keywords: Climate Resilient Communities, Developing Countries, Sustainable Development, Frameworks, Case Studies, Research Methodologies, Computer Simulation And Modelling, Building Energy Performance


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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14 September 2021 Abstract
12 January 2022 Manuscript

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12 January 2022 Manuscript

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