A report highlighting the benefits of considering resilience in the urban environment with case studies and methodological approaches to support.

Key Points:

  • What is resilience?:
    • Human-centric: healthy people and communities are important for resilient cities.
    • Nature-based: an ecosystem approach is essential in resilience.
    • Financial: Financial, technical and value engineering are tools to help find cost-effective solutions.
    • Digital: use of data and digital platforms to optimise resilience solutions.
  • City resilience:
    • City resilience is about maintaining a liveable and enjoyable urban environment.
    • Investing in flood resilience pays off.
    • Multi-functional solutions are essential.
    • Resilience should include an integrated, multi-layered approach.
    • Involve communities and citizens to raise awareness and promote resilience.
  • Industry resilience:
    • Businesses need assurances that supply chains are resilient.
    • Good public perception and brand protection can increase financial resilience through attracting capital and selling products in market.
    • Resilience plays an important role between short-term issues of investment return and long term of growing the business, profitability and sustainability.
  • Resilient utilities:
    • Assessing the risk through Arcadis resilient utilities index – understanding the effectiveness or existing resilience controls and where and how to prioritise investment.
    • Redundancy solutions are not the only response to a resilience challenge – resilience can go beyond the physical boundaries of utilities’ sites.
  • Resilient mobility:
    • Move beyond immediate risks – enable the positive impact of a transportation system on a city.
  • Finance and resilience:
    • Connecting the finance sector with the urban development sector to overcome resilience funding challenges – resilience investments can create significant benefits.
  • Digital resilience:
    • Cyber resiliency is one of the biggest challenges.
    • Digital and smart cities for resilience – real-time smart sensor networks allow cities to gather data to monitor, test and validate their resilience.
    • Challenges for digital resilience – cities need to figure out what to focus on to understand their resilience, how to collect data and make it available to the public.