Floating cities will allow humanity to avoid global flooding as a result of climate change. This was stated by UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, speaking at an event in the organization on the theme of achieving the sustainable development goals.
According to the UN, almost 60% of cities with a population of over 300 thousand people are at high risk of cyclones, droughts, floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. And in some regions, such a device is already used. For example, Singapore in 1965 in the quarter increased its territory at the expense of floating buildings.
“Our approaches to development and the impact of cities on the environment need to be rethought, — she said. — Floating cities can become one of the new tools in our Arsenal. They will be a step towards achieving the sustainable development goals”.
“As a result of climate change, the risk of flooding of cities increases. According to some reports, Bangkok is flooded every year by 2 cm, and the water level in the Gulf of Thailand continues to rise”, — stated the representative of the world organization.
She called for “building for people, not cars, to build cities that will not be under water as a result of rising sea levels”. “In short, cities should stand on the water, not under water. Floating cities will help us to become less vulnerable to climate change, as the buildings built in them will rise with the sea level”, Mohammed argued.
“It is this innovative urban planning that will allow people to rethink how we live, build, work and relax,” she concluded.