Water is the lifeblood of a city. Too much is just as dangerous as not enough, and from Cape Town to Byblos, Jakarta to Chennai, climate change demands that any city that wants to survive has to learn to manage and live with water. To be resilient and thriving requires a comprehensive, forward-looking approach to water management that builds on the city’s people, making them a part of the plan and the solution. Water is a significant focus for Resilient Cities Network and our member cities’ efforts to adapt to and mitigate the causes and effects of climate change.
Cape Town, South Africa responded quickly to the resilience test by COVID-19 using the lessons it had learned during the water crisis it experienced in 2017 and 2018, focusing attentions on the most vulnerable, and making the biggest investment in the city’s healthcare system in 20 years, all in the span of two months.
COVID-19 has challenged the very nature of 21st Century society. Cities have endured the worst of the pandemic and are leading the recovery process. But returning to a pre-COVID “normal” is impossible nor necessarily “desirable”.
Wellington, New Zealand sits on shaky ground, so they know they need to be ready for a significant seismic event. One concern is that a future earthquake will rupture the city’s underground water pipes, cutting off water to its over 400,000 inhabitants, for up to 100 days in some areas.
Launched in 2019, Resilient BoTu empowers the two adjoining neighborhoods, Bospolder and Tussendijken, to become the city’s first “resilient district,” by directing transformative infrastructure construction and social programs that help people manage debt, access education for both adults and children, find better employment, and improve their housing quality. The program is managed by a foundation they created for the purpose, and which prioritizes social impact and community leadership.
El Paso has a strong incentive to confront homelessness and a need for emergency housing capacity. In addition to the city’s broader goals of equity and serving vulnerable populations necessitating a solution, El Paso is a border town that links the United States and Mexico and sits at the intersection of three states, so it receives a fair number of refugees.
Local urban farmers, voluntaries at the food bank and the City of Quito have made impressive strides on the road to a sustainable and secure food system by 2050.
Share Coronavirus Speaker Series: Sharing Knowledge to Respond with Resilience is a weekly session organized by the Global Resilient Cities Network and the World Bank as a knowledge sharing session for cities in response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. 32. Role of Resilience: What Have We Learned? We recaptured what we have learned during the last 31 sessions: the role of resilience in the Covid response and recovery. "Intro and Reflection on the Series to Date – a Conversation" Lauren Sorkin, Executive Director, Resilient Cities Network Presented on December 10, 2020Download presentationWatch video "Intro and Reflection on the Series