From Theory to Practice: Examples of cities putting resilience into action
We seek to catalyze an urban resilience movement, where cities around the globe institutionalize resilience thinking.
For us, institutionalizing resilience means both permanently establishing the function and structure of the Chief Resilience Officer, as well as integrating and mainstreaming the concept of resilience into city services, plans and initiatives.
Cities that institutionalize resilience will: use their resources more efficiently, and for greater benefit; be more organized and coordinated to implement actions; be better prepared to deal with future challenges, both foreseen and unexpected; and be better able to engage with and serve their citizens in both good times and bad.
Recognizing these benefits, 100RC member cities are taking action.
In the following report, “Resilience in Action” we profile three cities’ efforts to institutionalize and mainstream resilience thinking:
- New Orleans, USA which has embedded resilience thinking into the design, budgeting and planning of the city.
- Melbourne, Australia, which has mainstreamed a resilience practice by building coalitions with regional governments and key sectors; and
- Semarang, Indonesia, which has engaged its national government and ministries to embed resilience thinking into national plans and priorities.
In each of these cities, the CRO role has also been made permanent and has been given additional resources to coordinate and implement the city’s Resilience Strategy. For each city, we highlight replicable lessons that we hope others can learn from, in order for them to develop an urban resilience practice in their own cities.