As climate change and urbanisation take hold, countries all over the world must focus on improving their climate and water resilience to deliver long-term benefits to society and economy. In enhancing resilience at local and global scale, holistic visions are needed to create the Smart Places of the future. This can be achieved by enabling changes to processes, practices, systems and structures that combine infrastructural measures and water management with risk mapping, (master)planning, strategies, forecasting, warning systems and disaster management.

We are discussing these possibilities with thought leaders and innovators at Royal HaskoningDHV. In this vlog series, they share their insights, vision and experience on how to enhance Resilience in Cities.

STAIN: COLLABORATIVE MODELLING ENABLES CITY RESILIENCE STRATEGIES

STAIN is a multi-stakeholder tool used to design resilience strategies for cities, and to cross-learn from the solutions and strategies of other cities. Micheline Hounjet, Product Development Resilience at Royal HaskoningDHV, explains that this collaborative modelling process gives City Resilience teams an overview of their entire city; and enables robust, flexible, redundant and integral solutions to be combined for resilience strategies that are futureproof on many levels, for the benefit of all stakeholders.

 

Read Micheline’s blog here

“Collaboration between different parties is essential to climate adaptation processes. Using a digital tool that can translate numerous contributions into a comprehensive, collaborative design gives confidence to stakeholders that their views are being heard and will be the basis for further developments and collaboration.” 

Micheline Hounjet, Product Development Resilience


SMART WATER SOLUTIONS FOR RESILIENT SOCIETIES AND ECONOMIES

South Africa, and indeed the entire sub-Saharan Africa region, are significantly water-stressed and prone to water crises. In his blog, Bonga Ntuli, Director Business Unit Infrastructure: Africa for Royal HaskoningDHV, discusses the need for enhanced Resilience in the context of both drought and flooding over recent years, as well as the World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2019; and talks about how smart water solutions are critical to mitigating the impacts of water crises.

 

Read Bonga’s blog here

“Water connects, it doesn’t separate – what manifests as a regional or local crisis quickly becomes a global problem. To enhance social and economic resilience, smart water solutions are critical to mitigating the impacts of water crises.” 

Bonga Ntuli, Director Business Unit Infrastructure: Africa for Royal HaskoningDHV


NEXT GENERATION DIGITAL INNOVATIONS ENABLE RESILIENCE

In the age of urbanisation, cities should recognise themselves as urban ecosystems. Nanco Dolman, Leading Professional Water Resilient Cities at Royal HaskoningDHV, says that a new generation in digital tools will enable better awareness of climate- and water-related risks and their impacts, and of how to accelerate actions towards adaptation and resilience.

Watch Nanco’s vlog below and learn more about how the delta city, Zwolle, created a resilience strategy in Nanco’s article here.

“As providers of urban ecosystems, cities should recognise themselves as part of greater water supply catchments promoting water sensitive networks and communities.” 

Nanco Dolman, Leading Professional in Water Resilient Cities at Royal HaskoningDHV


ACTIONABLE INSIGHTS FOR BUSINESS CONTINUITY

With companies and consumers around the world expecting 24/7 service and just-in-time delivery all year round, business continuity is fundamental. Due to globalisation, local outfall will have global impact. To mitigate operational, supply chain or distribution interruptions caused by severe weather or natural hazards, industries must take steps to increase the resilience of their assets and processes.

Lennart Silvis, Global Director Water for Industry at Royal HaskoningDHV, says that new digital innovations offer great opportunities for analysing, forecasting and mitigating risks related to business continuity.

“By making informed decisions around the impacts of weather and climate for their investments, industries will be empowered to improve their business continuity.” 

Lennart Silvis, Global Director Water for Industry at Royal HaskoningDHV