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Improving RESILIENCE in Cities

A safe territory + Sustainable Development + Climate Change mitigation and adaptation = RESILIENCE

If we cannot control the volatile tides of change,
we can learn to build better boats. 

We can design and re design organisations,
institutions and systems to better absorb disruption, 
operate under a wider variety of conditions
and shift more fluidly from one circumstance
to the next, and to do that we need
to understand the emerging field of RESILIENCE.

Andrew Zolli & Ann Marie Healy | authors of the book Resilience

Different analysis about the effects of urban growth recognises that disaster risk reduction is not limited to preparedness and response and is a key aspect for sustainable development, especially at local level. How cities grow, the level of planning and design including the most vulnerable members of the community and among other important aspects dictate the city’s capacity to absorb and recover from disasters, including those driven by an extreme weather events.

Local and national authorities need to prioritise policies and actions to build incentives that encourage people and all sectors to make wiser investment choices that contribute to reduce risk over time, with long term financial mechanisms that provide the necessary support to design and implement a resilience strategy for all cities.

Building resilience is a way of looking towards the future, target driven approach to urban development that uses a wide range of measures addressing all elements of urban systems.

Vulnerable conditions DISASTER Hazard(s)
■ Serious disruption of community.
■ External assistance required.
Vulnerability reduced RESILIENCE CITY Hazard(s) reduced
■ CONTROLLED situation.
■ NO External assistance required.
■ CONTINUOUS assessment, risk reduction, monitoring and learning.

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and other agencies and organisations are committed to this providing different types of tools and support to implement at all levels (Regional, National and Locally) the HYOGO Framework for Action (HFA). The HFA has been adopted by 169 countries around the world and represents an ambitious programme of action to significantly reduce disaster risk improving resilience. 

One of the main tools that UNISDR is using globally to create more awareness and work with the Municipalities from around the world is the Making Cities Resilient Campaign. Local Authorities or Municipalities are on the front line of delivering benefits and services that enable cities to function on daily basis, making progress on economic and social development, and protect people and assists in time of crises.  

Under my role of an ADVOCATE of the Making Cities Resilient Campaign it is my job to help local authorities to implement the HFA and other tools more efficiently providing guideline, training and/or technical assistance to design and implement better resilience strategies and action plans.

More information about the Making Cities Resilient Campaign in the following link: www.unisdr.org/campaign/resilientcities/

If you want to know more about how your City can join the Campaign and receive the benefits, please CONTACT US.

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