Day 2 at Resilient Cities 2014: the learning continues..

31 May 2014


The second day of the Resilient Cities 2014 congress offered participants a variety of sessions on the most pressing themes related to urban resilience – find below some of the highlights.


A new way of promoting stakeholder dialogues was the focus of the session  “The risk and resilience scorecard: Benchmark disaster resilience in cities” looking at the multilevel city resilience scorecard that is being developed jointly by the Global Earthquake Model  the Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology and the South Asia Institute.


Funding is without doubts a key feature for the proper application of resilience. Adaptation can be costly but also cost effective while finance can build long lasting resilience for local communities: this and more was discussed during the “Towards locally controlled adaptation funding” session.


The main outcome of the “Designing with Nature: Global Examples of Holistic Ecosystem-Based Adaptation” session was that blue greening infrastructure can create nicer, healthier and more mobile cities, mimicking nature in designing ecosystem-based, smart adaptation solutions.


Researcher-practitioner collaboration for climate change adaptation is both challenging and rewarding as actors from both ‘knowledge communities’ work to find a common language, shared expectations and build trust through interactions. Lessons from the field were presented at the “Global Examples for Researcher-Practitioner Collaboration” session.


Tools that analyze data across departments and agencies enable decision-makers to generate tractable solutions to ill-defined problems. The development of spatial data infrastructures (SDI) to support resilience planning was the main theme of the session “In Focus: Spatial data for resilience, GIS-based tools and approaches for informed decision making”.


Many more innovative and inspiring ideas can be found on the Congress Blog:, constantly updated.


The feature “Voices from the corridor” offers an alternative and refreshing perspective on the whole issue of urban resilience and adaptation. Sunandan Tiwari, from ICLEI South Asia, chooses local communities as his adaptation heroes “because they are the ones that survive and adapt to changes, even without high-tech solutions”.


Dr. Shah, Health Officer of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, stressed how “Increasing public awareness on climate change has great impact”, presenting the experience of his city in addressing heat related risks.


Ms Seema Redkar, Researcher, Mumbai, India, in session C4 “Constructing spatial knowledge on water-related vulnerabilities in cities” stated that “As a researcher I feel Mumbai needs social mapping as a powerful tool to fill data gaps to address flooding issues in our city”.


Deputy Mayor of Shimla, Tikender Singh Panwar was also interviewed at the event where he shed light upon looking at development from a different angle, "Yes it is the responsibility of the city governments to deliver! you need a totally different paradigm shift as far as developmental strategies are concerned and this is also the responsibility of the ones who own the city – the people!"


Find the full interview here.


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