Rome Releases Italy’s First Citywide Resilience Strategy, Developed in Partnership with 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation

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  • The Resilience Strategy will enable the City of Rome to put in place integrated solutions to face present and future challenges, and is based on four main pillars with 58 tangible actions. The Strategy also makes established a permanent Office of Resilience within the municipality.
  • To develop the Strategy, Rome was supported by 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC). Rome was selected to join the 100RC network in 2013, out of more than 1,000 applications from around the world.
  • More than 2,000 stakeholders from across the city participated in workshops, public events, focus groups and questionnaires, to express their views on Rome resilience, identifying six main priority areas to develop the strategy.

ROME, ITALY – The City of Rome today launched Italy’s first citywide Resilience Strategy – an ambitious strategy developed in collaboration with 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC).

With this launch Rome joins cities including New York, Paris, and Mexico City in tackling the social, economic, and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st Century. The plan looks to guarantee the wellbeing of Rome’s residents while better preparing the city to tackle a variety of challenges, including climate change, migration, aging population, pollution, public transportation, waste management, and poverty.

Link to Rome Resilience Strategy: www.100rc.org/Rome 

This is a project that puts Rome at the center of a global strategy that will enable the city to face the current challenges within a more integrated and comprehensive network. I am proud that this administration has decided to carry on this project with determination and a new impetus; for that, I want to thank everyone who has allowed this to happen. This is an important work on resilience that will help improve residents’ quality of life since the city is going to become more robust, flexible and inclusive, stated Mayor Virginia Raggi. 

Today the City of Rome officially joins the global resilience movement with the release of the city’s Resilience Strategy. This Strategy is the result of a fruitful multi-year collaboration between 100RC, the City Administration, and stakeholders within and outside municipal government,” says Lina Liakou, Managing Director for Europe and the Middle East at 100RC. “Cities have to rethink the way they plan for the future to proactively identify and addresses the shocks and stresses they will inevitably face. With this Strategy, Rome sets forth a coordinated series of actions, which seek to tackle the inevitable shocks and stresses the city will face in the years ahead. We are happy to have partnered with the City of Rome in developing this Strategy looking forward to working with the City as it moves from planning to implementation.”

The Rome Resilience Strategy is based on four main pillars and nine priority actions, aimed at building:

  • Pillar 1: An efficient city at the service of its citizens:
    • Priority Action 1: Create a planned system for a single operating center for the ordinary and emergency management of the city
    • Priority Action 2: Establish a permanent Office of Resilience within the Municipality
  • Pillar 2: A dynamic, strong, and unique city:
    • Priority Action 3: Govern the relaunch of the River Tiber by implementing projects coordinated by the Special Tiber Office
    • Priority Action 4: Assess the resilience impact of the regeneration of the Ostiense Marconi district
    • Priority Action 5: Re-organize the use of archaeological sites to integrate the same into the everyday life of the inhabitants of Rome
  • Pillar 3: An inclusive, open city, that shows solidarity with everyone:
    • Priority Action 6: Implement a program to encourage sport for all in order to start a process of reception and inclusion of diversities
    • Priority Action 7: Implement a new integrated reception program for asylum seekers and persons covered by international protection
  • Pillar 4: A city that protects and enhances its natural resources:
    • Priority Action 8: Renew the public vehicle fleet with the introduction of eco-sustainable buses
    • Priority Action 9: Optimize separate waste collection of post-consumption materials

The Rome Resilience Strategy represents an important turning point and a new concrete program for the city: all its structural factors and inherent characteristics have been considered as new opportunities rather than critical issues – all in order to turn Rome into a city where human rights and welfare will be a priority, creating a place for its citizens to work, live and thrive.

ENDS

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 social, economic, and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each of our cities 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. For more information, visit: www.100ResilientCities.org.