What it's about:
The capital city of New Zealand, Wellington, has unveiled its urban resilience strategy in line with its participation in 100 Resilient Cities, an initiative backed by the Rockefeller Foundation.
Prime Minister Bill English, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and others outlined the resilience strategy and its implementation with members of government, community groups and businesses.
The roadmap will be led by the city's Chief Resilience Officer. The city also conducted a wide range of consultation meetings, workshops and focus groups to build a consensus and determine the city’s approach to resilience.
"Resilient Wellington" will focus on three interconnected areas for action to ensure:
- People are connected, empowered and feel part of a community: a focus on community and household based resilience;
- Decision making at all levels is integrated and well informed: a focus on governance and utilising information to inform future risk planning;
- Our homes and natural and built environments are healthy and robust: a focus on the city’s vital infrastructure.
Why it's noteworthy:
Wellington joins a number of global cities that have recently unveiled their resilience plans as part of Rockefeller’s 100RC programme.
The initiative provides assistance by: funding a Chief Resilience Officer in each member city; resources for drafting a resilience strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges.
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