The CIVIS notes series shares knowledge and learning arising from Cities Alliance projects and other activities in slum upgrading and city development strategies. It also serves as a platform for policy dialogue and debate among city development stakeholders, including national and local governments, donors and slum dwellers to impact change in the lives of the urban poor and advance the urban development agenda.

In July 2009, the Cities Alliance launched a  four-issue CIVIS series on climate change prepared by the Human Settlements Group at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).  

Issue 2 in the series is titled "Can adapting to climate change also meet development goals in cities in developing countries?" It argues that a city with its citizens in good quality housing, served by piped water, sewers, drains, all-weather roads, and emergency services is inherently resilient to most climate change impacts.

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