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Making our cities resilient

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. NWP looks for international collaboration and partnerships to make cities more resilient.
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Tim van de Staaij
Project Manager Urban Resilience

Climate resilient cities

The urgency of adapting to climate change is diminished. Worldwide people already face the consequences of flood risks or water scarcity. 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 Edyta Wisniewska about the actions on creating climate resilient cities at international level.  

Rotterdam embraced the resilient cities approach
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 Organisations

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

Establishing partnerships for climate resilient cities

More and more city leaders are convinced that resilience planning needs 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.

Collaboration and partnerships urban resilience

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 urban resilience or contact us.  

More themes

NWP is building thematic networks in the Netherlands to jointly seek international collaboration. Urban Resilience is just one of its themes. Others are: 

Water & Conflict
Water & Agrifood
Water Technology
Finance for Water