National and local governments are faced with a challenging and complex environment. Rapid urbanization, climate change, socio-economic inequities, environmental degradation, uneven development, knowledge gaps and uninformed public policy challenge national and municipal governments and local stakeholders on how to better protect their citizens, key infrastructure, local markets and private sector assets from losses that can be mitigated. RESILIÉNT/CITY helps integrate resilience in governance in a way that delivers measurable solutions to these challenges.
7 < 1: THE RESILIENCE RATE OF RETURN
No matter how you look at it, urban resilience makes good financial sense: every 1 USD invested in resilience and disaster risk reduction corresponds to approximately 7 USD in humanitarian response, reconstruction and recovery costs. According to AON Benfield Analytics, global natural disasters produced some $192 billion in economic losses in 2013. With weather events becoming more intense, economic losses are increasing at a rapid rate. Knowing your risk and integrating proven mechanisms saves money and mitigates losses.
Our team of specially trained consultants at RESILIÉNT/CITY has a proven track record in helping developed and developing municipalities to achieve urban resilience. We offer creative, tailor-made solutions to helping governmental institutions, the private sector and civil society stakeholders create urban centers that are prepared, adapted and resilient to a changing global environment.
WHAT IS URBAN RESILIENCE?
Urban Resilience is the result of intelligent planning, informed governance and forward thinking to make municipalities, large or small, safer, greener and stronger. Whether in the developed or developing world, resilient urban centers have the capacity to resist, absorb, recover and learn from the challenges of natural and man-made events. Urban Resilience mitigates human and economic losses, better protects businesses and critical infrastructure, secures labor and consumer markets, includes gender inputs, increases sustainability, combats poverty and reduces the time needed to return back to pre-disaster levels.
Disaster Risk Reduction is a set of proven policies, practices and mechanisms that generate resilience before an event. Focusing on sustainable development and climate change adaptation, RESILIÉNT/CITY tailors DRR practices to your municipality so as to achieve a measurable level of preparedness and prevention.