With the aim of driving awareness and growth around shaping Smart Places, we are asking leading voices in the global resilience ecosystem to contribute to this discussion by sharing their insights, vision and future-forward methodologies to create Resilience in Cities.

Impacts on people and economic assets from extreme weather and natural hazards occur at different scales and on different timescales. The good news is that water risks and their impact can be reduced by taking measures and making changes in processes, practices, systems and structures that respond to both global and local contexts. These entail combining adaptation, mitigation and disaster management through climate resilient strategies, master planning and infrastructure.

RESILIENCE IS OUR BEST HUMAN CAPITAL

Henk Ovink, Dutch Special Envoy for International Water Affairs to the United Nations, and the first Water Ambassador of the Netherlands, says that Resilience is our best human capital in the context of climate change and natural disasters.

"It is really about our learning capacity and the way in which we look ahead and prepare ourselves for an uncertain future."

Watch Henk’s vlog on ‘Resilience in Cities’ here; and view his interview on ADB's Fast Talk about scaling up financing for water security, enhanced resilience and sustainable growth.

“In the context of the Sustainable Development Goals and an uncertain future, it is our preparedness, learning capacity and innovation that will determine our Resilience.” 

Henk Ovink, Dutch Special Envoy for International Water Affairs to the United Nations, and the first Water Ambassador of the Netherlands


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Resilience in cities is about liveability

Dr Vladan Babovic, Professor in Hydroinformatics at the National University of Singapore, observes that resilience is closely linked to the concepts of both liveability and adaptability. He says, “We have to create nature-inspired solutions that will provide resilience for society. In nature, it's perfectly normal to adapt – and we have to find adaptable solutions that deal with the uncertainties with which we are faced.”


“Digital services, which are already evident in every aspect of our lives, are critical to enhancing resilience in our society.” 

Dr Vladan Babovic, Professor in Hydroinformatics at the National University of Singapore