City of Bangkok Creates Project to Build City Resilience, Announces Chief Resilience Officer

BANGKOK, 15 October 2015 (NNT) – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration announced that the capital is one of 32 cities chosen in the first round of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Challenge.

In commemoration of the Rockefeller Foundation’s centennial anniversary in 2013, it issued a challenge for 100 cities to build resilience to social, economic, and physical challenges. The foundation will grant select cities the incentives and support to hire related staff, develop city-specific strategies for resilience, and share information with other participating cities.

To this end, Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra announced Bangkok’s new resilience project headed up by his advisor Supachai Tantikom, as Bangkok’s Chief Resilience Officer (CRO). Mr. Supachai revealed that an agenda-setting workshop was organized on September 16, 2014, with more than 200 stakeholders representing the public and private sectors, non-profit organizations and educational institutes.

The workshop gave stakeholders a chance to voice their suggestions on building resilience in Bangkok and defined stress categories, namely Acute Stress and Chronic Stress. Acute Stress describes sudden, unexpected problems such as natural disasters, and Chronic Stress describes ongoing problems such as political unrest.

The project has the potential to improve the BMA’s capacity to adapt and recover from stressors that range from flooding to traffic congestion.

The Bankok Metropolitian Authority released this announcement on the morning of October 15.

 

About 100 Resilient Cities, Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation

100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each member city who will lead the resilience efforts; 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. 100RC currently has 67 member cities. For more information, visit: www.100ResilientCities.org.

For more information, please contact:

Andrew Brenner – (646) 612-7236 (ABrenner@100rc.org)