Newsletter Resilient Cities: Day 2

                                                                                                                 Highlights of Resilient Cities Day 2, 29 May 2014 A new way of promoting stakeholder dialogues The risk and resilience scorecard: Benchmark disaster resilience in cities The purpose of this workshop was to discuss a multilevel city resilience scorecard that is being developed jointly by the Read more

Navigating the language of Resilience

LANGUAGE is something that has been a slight preoccupation of mine at this conference and is also a theme that has been raised during a number of the sessions as well. On a personal level, I have tried to dust off my rusty capacity to function in German, linked to my part-German heritage. The various accents and languages mingling in the corridors over the past days are also music to my ears and a reminder of how much I enjoy such international gatherings. On a professional level, we had both Spanish- and French-speaking partners presenting during the congress, and were Read more

Embedding resilience across scales: Climate proofing buildings and critical infrastructure

The C1 Panel of the resilient building and construction forum was lead by the general belief that resilience can only be achieved if buildings are analyzed in the specific area and context that they exist within. The first panelist was Mr. Hartke. His major contribution was the LEED Climate Resilience Screening Tool, which is now used by the US Green Building Council to analyze the sensitivity of buildings to climate change and their needs regarding adaptation. They are trying to distribute this tool to practitioners to upload data and receive significant feedback. Ms. Fink from UNEP underlined that the main Read more

Santiago de Chile y las exigencias del Cambio Climático

Hoy Chile fue el invitado especial en la sesión de la mañana a través de un “Workshop” bastante interesante donde los asistentes conocieron de primera mano la realidad de su capital Santiago de Chile y por supuesto cómo esta se viene preparando para afrontar las consecuencias y planificar estrategias que exige el cambio climático. La realidad en Chile no es diferente a lo que ocurre en muchos de los países de Latinoamérica, donde un grueso sector de la población se concentra en las grandes urbes pero también una significativa cantidad están asentados en las zonas rurales, donde quizá es más Read more

Voices from the Corridor – 30 May

ICLEI asks Resilient Cities attendants two questions: Who is your adaptation hero and What is your favorite/suggested tool/model for building resilience?   Who is your adaptation hero? Foro Hidrico, Buenos Aires Why? Network of local residents, very responsive and organized during flood events What is your favorite/suggested tool/model for building resilience? Environmental Land Planning Why? Focusing on very critical element which is land use planning Daniel E.Ryan/ Director of Area de Cambio Global/ Argentina     Who is your adaptation hero? Jeb Brugmann, ICLEI USA Why? Inspirational approach on growth of the cities;  metabolism of cities What is your favorite/suggested Read more

Toward locally – controlled adaptation funding

Funding is a key feature for the proper application of resilience. Dodman claims that there are two sides about adaptation: 1) adaptation is a local priority and 2) urban governance requires participation between: local authority, society, and private sector. Adaptation can be costly but also cost effective while finance can build long lasting resilience for local communities. Surborg, working for GIZ in Bangladesh, claimed that if climate change increases climate calamity, the local level is the one which will be the most affected. Normally, the flow of money occurs from Donor countries (Polluter countries) to developing countries through multilevel institutions. Read more

A new way of promoting multi-stakeholder dialogue

Participants at work! The risk and resilience scorecard: Benchmark disaster resilience in cities The purpose of this workshop was to discuss a multilevel city resilience scorecard that is being developed jointly by the Global Earthquake Model (Christopher G. Burton, Senior Scientist, Foundation, Pavia, Italy), the Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology (Bijan Khazai, Senior Research Scientist, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany) and the South Asia Institute (Johannes Anhorn, Research Associate, Heidelberg University, Germany). It is a self-evaluation tool that makes use of primary source data to empower stakeholders to quantitatively assess resilience parameters based on data that is Read more