About Resilience in Cities In Conversation with Leaders Our Insights and Inspiration

ENHANCING RESILIENCE DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE, EXTREME WEATHER AND NATURAL HAZARDS

Knowing and accepting the fact the world is complex and uncertain, we see the need for Climate Adaptation and Resilience as opportunity, not as a problem. Resilience is about switching perspective from problem recognition to opportunity identification and from short-term solutions to long-term future focused preparation. Resilience is about bouncing back, not only recovering from an event but building back better and be more prepared and more resilient afterwards.

Resilience can act as driver of economic growth as well as enhance quality of life and livability. Resilience is also about increasing protection and self-reliance of citizens and acceptance of a certain level of impact. To create a more climate resilient future, we need to see the challenge of climate change as a catalyst to inspire innovative, cross-sectoral solutions that result in far-reaching and lasting positive effects.

IT CAN BE DONE IN MANY WAYS

In this overview we present different options of climate action measures. In practice we often apply a mix of different measures in most of our projects depending on local needs. The implementation is always customized – there is no ‘one size fits all’ – and often done at different timescales considering disaster management phases of prevention, preparation, response and recovery. 

Resilience is about taking the right action at the right moment.

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Social inclusiveness and empowering people by local stakeholder engagement
and community involvement is essential for successful implementation of measures.

 

Whilst designing for storm and norm, for extremes and normal day to day situations, anticipating uncertain futures and an Integrated system approach are key principles in selecting the best combination of measures given the hazard, risk and impact.

Figure 1: overview of key principles for Climate adaptation and Resilience interventions

Imagine: 75% of the in 2050 needed infrastructure and 60% of the needed cities is not yet built

Imagine: 75% of the in 2050 needed infrastructure and 60% of the needed cities is not yet built – that offers a major opportunity to build resilient cities and infrastructure from the start. We have identified 9 different type of measures for driving climate action to prepare and build for a resilient future, for decades to come. All measures contribute to building resilience in the light of climate change, extreme weather and natural hazards. Climate adaptation is at its heart, with water being the main driver of both problems and solutions.

Discover our 9 ways of enhancing resilience to climate change, extreme weather and natural hazards.

Climate adaptation is at its heart, with water being the main driver of both problems and solutions.

The combined effort of businesses, financial sector, governments and citizens in enhancing resilience will reduce societal disruption and economic damage, making economies stronger and more robust. The stronger the economy, the better the funding for prevention and disaster management. Stronger prevention and disaster management in turn reduce dependency on emergency aid and supports the long-term resilience of the whole society. It starts with you, everyone has a role to play!

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