Urban resilience

Urban resilience

The capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.

What is urban resilience?

What is urban resilience?

A resilient urban future requires tackling challenges and creating solutions in a place-based, integrated, inclusive, risk-aware, and forward-looking manner.

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Hands of a person collecting water from a tube with people behind watching and waiting their turn in Africa.

City Water Resilience in Africa

The City Water Resilience Approach responds directly to the need to tackle the challenges of urban water stresses in cities in Africa. It takes a comprehensive perspective to urban water systems, and sets out to assess the resilience of the water a city depends on, including upstream and downstream catchment issues.
A bright sun shines down on the Palacio del Congreso, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, full of modern and traditional buildings, greenery, and people.

Flatten the Climate Curve through Open Data – Resilient Buenos Aires

In the last few months, we have been coping with a pandemic that challenges our society, and as every crisis does, accelerates change and transforms processes to adapt and overcome it. These changes are happening in the management of governments at every level, in urban planning, in the private sector, and, of course, in our daily-life dynamics, and evidence-based data has become a fundamental factor in decision making.
Smart Resilience in the time of COVID-19:  A Conversation between Connected Places Catapult and Resilient Cities Network

Smart Resilience in the time of COVID-19: A Conversation between Connected Places Catapult and Resilient Cities Network

COVID-19 has truly accelerated the digital transformation of cities. Not only are many people working from home and increasingly reliant on IT, city governments have had to shift how they deliver services under lockdown restrictions. Yet, despite efforts to rapidly digitize processes and systems, a city cannot truly become technologically inclusive without considering barriers to access. Organizations themselves have also had to radically change the way they operate and engage with partners digitally.
A wide shot from above Montevideo shows buildings along the skyline among trees, a beach next to a bay on the left populated with people enjoying sunset, a park full of picnicers on the right, and busy streets full of cards between the beach and the park.

Lessons from Montevideo: Keys to Accomplishing Resilience Strategy Projects

Montevideo, Uruguay recently reached the milestone of beginning implementation of more than 85% of the 40 initiatives identified in its Resilience Strategy, which the city released in September of 2018. The City offers two urban resilience essentials to this success.
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Recovery Dialogues in Latin America 4: Sustainable Food Supplies for Vulnerable Communities

According to data collected by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean has been on the rise for the past years, reaching 47,7 million people in 2019 with numbers expected to rise even more due to the consequences of COVID-19.
wooden slums in Jakarta stand along the side of a river polluted with trash.

Creating Climate Resilient Cities through Safe Sanitation – World Toilet Day 2020

The COVID-19 crisis highlighted the enormous challenge of securing cities' pursuit of the 2030 Agenda in Sustainable Development Goals and Urban Resilience.
Hands of two people delivering and receiving an apple in a food market.

Recovery Dialogues in Latin America 3: Municipal and Neighborhood Food Markets Management

Municipal and neighborhood food markets play an important role, both in the commercial system and supply of agricultural products, as well as in the choices households make around food consumption, and the employment and income of a significant part of the population.
No Equity, No Resilience: Minneapolis is All of Us

No Equity, No Resilience: Minneapolis is All of Us

The COVID-19 crisis highlighted the enormous challenge of securing cities' pursuit of the 2030 Agenda in Sustainable Development Goals and Urban Resilience.