What it's about:
What are the fundamentals needed to create a resilient city? The Guardian newspaper spoke to a panel of urban development experts during a LiveChat, which listed the following criteria:
- Strong and accountable local leadership: Fostering a culture of resilience is important at the top level among mayors and public officials tasked with implementing resilience strategies.
- Build social capital: Citizens need to feel connected to government and planners, every city must identify its vulnerable populations and reach out to them.
- Foster partnerships to help with funding and accountability: Cash-strapped cities should incorporate private capital in order to fund resilience initiatives. Public-private partnerships to support infrastructure projects should also be taken into consideration.
- Join international networks to share ideas and best practice: City networks are springing up around the world from the Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities programme to the C40 Cities climate change forum. Such networks help cities to plan co-orientated global responses and share best practices
Why it's noteworthy:
Would you consider your city resilient? What ingredients do you think are needed to build a resilient city?
Join the debate: Please share your comments and thoughts below on what more your city can do to build resilience.
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