Paris’s resilience journey

Paris is a global icon and center for economic and cultural activity. It is home to 2.2 million people, and 38 million visited the city in 2019.

Disasters have marked the history of Paris. Exceptional floods have regularly swept through the city over the centuries, epidemics have decimated its population, and fires have periodically destroyed emblematic districts and monuments.

But crises do not belong only to Paris’s past. In the Île-de-France region, 83,000 inhabitants live in flood zones, and another two million could be affected by power cuts if a major flood occurred. Recent major shocks include the terrorist attacks in 2015 and 2016, floods in 2016 and 2018, heatwaves every summer since 2016, major social conflicts, waves of migration on an unprecedented scale, and the fire at Notre-Dame de Paris in 2019.

Paris is also subject to chronic stresses. Air pollution, congestion, increasing inequalities, and lack of low-cost housing are all latent tensions that weaken the city and disrupt the daily lives of its inhabitants.

Meet the Chief Resilience Officer

Noémie Fompeyrine

Chief Resilience Officer

Noémie Fompeyrine is Chief Resilience Officer at the City of Paris. She manages the Paris Resilience Office and coordinates the Paris Resilience Strategy, which aims to reinforce and reveal the city’s capacities in the face of crises and global issues. Previously, she was advisor to the Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of roads, mobility, and public space, where she launched public policies for a better sharing of public spaces in Paris.

Noémie holds a master’s degree from the Urban School of Sciences Po Paris, where she studied urban challenges on a global scale, with fieldwork and research in Lima, Bangkok, Maputo, Casablanca, and Tangiers. She chaired the NGO “NOISE,” whose ambition is to strengthen the links between Paris and its suburbs, through cultural events and the exploration of urban spaces in transition.

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