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Resilient Cities

The number of people living in cities – mainly in delta regions – is increasing rapidly. Moreover, cities have to deal with the effects of climate change. How do we retain the economic and social values of these cities? Cities worldwide have already set the first steps to become more resilient and future proof. The Netherlands has a lot of knowledge on living in a delta region. NWP looks for international collaboration and partnerships to make cities more resilient

Urgency of climate adaptation by cities

The urgency of adapting to climate change is diminished. Worldwide people already face the consequences of flood risks or water shortages. Especially in urban areas adapting to climate change is of the utmost importance. The number of people living in cities will only increase in the coming years. The concentration of people and assets means that the impact of natural disasters and a changing climate on society and the economy can be devastating. While national leaders often struggle with protracted negotiations, city leaders have started working on concrete projects.

Read the blog of NWP’s Edyta Wisniewska with an update about the actions on creating climate resilient cities at international level.  

Rotterdam embraced the resilient cities approach and the urgency of climate adaptation
The City of Rotterdam embraced the resilient cities approach

What are resilient cities?

Creating a resilient city means increasing the liveability and economic viability by making it more future and climate proof. There are many concepts and designs that fit a resilient cities approach. It all depends on the local situation what is most suitable. However, key elements of a resilient city are a holistic approach and the inclusion of all stakeholders like:

  • City leaders
  • Businesses
  • Financial institutions
  • Inhabitants
  • Non Governmental Organizations

Building resilient means that challenges become opportunities. Read more about urban resilience within our related impact stories.

Establishing partnerships for climate resilient cities

More and more city leaders are convinced that plans need to be implemented. It’s time for action. Fortunately, that is already happening. Take the 44MPA Project in Poland that aims to develop urban adaptation plans for 44 cities in Poland. According to these plans the water sector is key in these adaptation measures. Another example is the River Warta development project in Poland. In both projects Dutch consortium partners are involved.

International collaboration and partnerships 

In a time of climate change it is necessary to join forces on urban resilience in order to increase knowledge and develop new insights. Based on demand driven requests the most urgent challenges and opportunities need to be defined. Read more about forging partnerships on resilient cities or contact us.