Findings from a 12 city assessment with a framework for measuring the resilience of cities against a broad spectrum of shocks and stresses.

Key Points:

  • Context:
    • Climate change is disproportionately threatening cities due to their location.
    • Cities are also vulnerable due to high resource demands and population density.
  • Purpose:
    • The objective of the framework is to support international disaster risk-reduction priorities such as the Sendai Framework by providing a framework and tool to understand, measure and manage resilience. The framework will:
      • Assist municipal authorities and other stakeholders in assessing current and future resilience demands and capacities – developing cases for investment in resilience building.
      • Gain a holistic understanding of each city component’s resilience and their interrelationships.
      • Prioritise and measure the performance of policies and interventions that would improve the city’s resilience.
  • Methodology:
    • A 12-city assessment to inform the development of the framework.
  • Findings:
    • Tendency for cities to approach resilience in a silo'd way without prioritising initiatives systematically.
    • Focus tends to be on the last disaster e.g. a flood, which might leave a city vulnerable to a more immediate threat e.g. an epidemic.
    • A shock to a city will always have a ripple effect due to the network of systems that comprise a city.
    • The framework allows for a unified approach and common vision amongst stakeholders.
    • Successful strategies address multiple vulnerabilities and deliver initiatives over a wide range of areas, requiring cross-scale interventions.