Risk Habitat

Strategies for Sustainable Development in Megacities and Urban Agglomerations

A Helmholtz Research Initiative 2007 - 2011


The implementation of the conceptual and analytical research framework has a dual function. Firstly, its application to megacities throughout the region provides generalized orientation knowledge. Secondly, application to individual megacities generates case- and context-specific implementation solutions. Achieving these two objectives requires a combined comparative and in-depth approach and an implementation design that consists of two interlinking phases (see figure below):


Activities during phase 1 (2007 - 2010)

  • Concept, development of indicators
  • Status analysis
  • First evaluation, scenarios (models)
  • Measures, policy recommendations
  • Final evaluation, conclusions
  • Overall integration of results
  • Preparation for expansion

Activities during phase 2 (2010 - 2013)

  • Transfer of the concept of the initiative to other Latin American megacities.

This process was initiated. As a follow-up activity a new project was launched that strongly builds on the work of the Risk Habitat Megacity research initiative and addresses climate change as an additional feature of ongoing global environmental change.
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