City of Vejle Unveils Europe’s First Comprehensive Resilience Strategy

VEJLE, Denmark – Today, the City of Vejle launched Europe’s first Resilience Strategy, with support from 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC). The city is the currently the only Scandinavian city in the 100 Resilient Cities Network, where cities around world have committed to jointly develop and share new solutions for the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.

Vejle’s Resilience Strategy was unveiled on March 17th at a major conference during the city’s second annual resilience festival – a week of public debates, exhibitions and business seminars. The strategy builds on Vejle’s long tradition for climate adaptation and smart cities, but what particularly stands out is the city’s innovative work on social resilience.  To this end, Vejle has identified four pilot districts, each focusing on specific resilience themes like living with water, social inclusion, community cohesion and public-private partnerships. Vejle’s Resilience Strategy reflects over a year of community input around the city’s neighborhoods, its economy and its coast. The comprehensive strategy focuses on four strategic pillars, each of which is supported by actions and initatives:

  • A Co-Creating City: Vejle will create tomorrow’s resilient city through productive partnerships across public and private sectors.
  • A Climate Resilient City: Vejle will use water and climate change as drivers for development of the city.
  • A Socially Resilient City: Vejle will increase social and economic cohesion and create the best conditions for future generations.
  • A Smart City: Vejle will embrace new technologies and improve co-creation, efficiency, outreach, and inclusivity.

“I am proud that Vejle has now presented Europe’s first Resilience Strategy,” said Vejle Mayor Arne Sigtenbjerggaard. “We are moving forward in Vejle in these years, and in many ways we are privileged and have a good starting point for providing a good life to our citizens. But like all other cities in the world we have to deal with the many new challenges ahead and try to create new and innovative solutions. And it is important that we can globally share experiences and learn from each other. Our vision is to become a global leader in resilience and an inspiration for others. The strategy invites action and cooperation with citizens, businesses, knowledge institutions and NGOs to develop the future resilient Vejle.”

Vejle’s Resilience Strategy addresses the municipality’s strategic challenges in the coming years related to climate change, social cohesion new technologies, and more. It brings together 100 proposals for innovative solutions to existing and future significant societal challenges.

Vejle Resilience Strategy is available here.

“Our clear objective is that the Resilience Strategy will not only help to minimize ours societal risk and costs,” said Jonas Kroustrup, Vejle’s Chief Resilience Officer. “It will also create prosperity by enhancing our social and urban capital.”

“This strategy, which is the result of many months of research, stakeholder engagement, self-assessment, and analysis, looks to identify a tactical road-map for the future. It identifies a range of goals and concrete initiatives which will address the interplay of the city’s challenges and opportunities,” said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities. “100 Resilient Cities is committed to working with the municipality of Vejle to implement the vision laid out in this strategy.”

Present at the release were around 300 local, national and international participants, and speakers including, Mr. Vikram Singh, Associate Director of City Relationships at 100RC, and Danish Business and Growth Minister Mr. Troels Lund Poulsen. To learn more about Vejle’s resilience strategy, visit http://www.resilient.vejle.dk/.

For more information, please contact:
City of Vejle: Chief Resilience Officer Mr. Jonas Kroustrup jkrou@vejle.dk

100RC: media@100resilientcities.org