What it's about:
Durban in South Africa has become the latest city to join the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Programme.
The 100RC programme supports the adoption and incorporation of a view of resilience that includes not just shocks – earthquakes, fires, floods – but also stresses – high unemployment, water shortages, endemic violence – which can weaken cities on a daily basis.
Durban's chief resilience officer, Debra Roberts, and other partners are now working on a "resilience framework" for the northern area of Durban. Central to this will be re-purposing degraded wetland habitats in the region to promote economic growth and tackle poverty.
Why it's noteworthy:
Creating adaptable and resilient cities is a challenge, but connecting to international networks and using local partnerships can lead to the more sustainable development of our environments.
By adopting a holistic rather than piecemeal approach to building resilience, Durban and other areas in South Africa can potentially make significant social and economic gains.
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