The IAU îdF, an organization deeply involved in the climate change debate and COP21
For more than thirty years, the IAU îdF has shown interest in the relations between urbanization and climate. It started producing knowledge on urban microclimates in relation with water quality, air quality, vegetation cover, and well-being in cities. More recently, as climate change has become a global phenomenon, the IAU îdF has delivered reference works and support tools for decision making, ranging from “mitigation” to “adaptation” to climate change.
Regarding “mitigation”, the IAU îdF has carried out ongoing pioneering work on the ecological footprints of the Île-de-France region, more specifically on its carbon footprint.
Regarding “adaptation”, the IAU îdF carried out reflection on vulnerability to heat waves in cities and provided a web application at the level of the îlot morphologique urbain (IMU), an urban unit roughly equivalent to a city block, along with a library of solutions. This web application will soon be extended to other territorial vulnerabilities.
In its work, the IAU îdF emphasizes ”system effects” and territorial complementarities. It promotes the integration of these concerns further upstream in the planning process, not only as constraints, but also as opportunities for innovation. For example, the SDRIF – the regional master plan -, whose general contractor is the IAU îdF, stands as the territorial framework for the Île-de-France region to anticipate climate change.