Addressing water-related resilience issues

Published: Tuesday, 08 March 2016 09:02

100 Resilient Cities has released a new handbook of resilience tactics for managing water-related risks to cities and infrastructure.

The 2015 World Economic Forum Global Risks Report identified water related threats (droughts, floods, sea level rise and pollution) as the risk with the largest expected global impact over the coming decade. This finding is backed up by statistics from 100 Resilient Cities which show that, of the more than 1000 applications received for membership in the 100 Resilient Cities network to date, 60 percent identified flooding as one of the top shocks they face, while 20 percent identified water shortage as their top stress.

To address these issues 100 Resilient Cities has published a handbook based on the outputs from an October 2015 meeting of chief resilience officers (CROs) and resilience team members from Bangkok (Thailand), Berkeley (USA), Mexico City (Mexico), New Orleans (USA), Norfolk (USA), Rome (Italy), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Surat (India), and Vejle (Denmark). The meeting, convened in Rotterdam, aimed to share lessons learned and innovative approaches to water management; to identify opportunities for collaboration; and to “learn from the living laboratory that is Rotterdam.”

The handbook, entitled ‘Rotterdam Exchange: Water Management & Multi-Benefit Solutions Handbook’ highlights the learnings from the three-day meeting and features tactical solutions and tools from both participating 100 Resilient Cities member cities and 100 Resilient Cities Platform partners.

Read the document.