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New Partnership to Address Resilience Data Gaps in Asian and Latin American Cities

by Christin VanZant last modified Mar 28, 2017 11:19 PM
Contributors: World Resources Institute
Brussels/Washington (January 12, 2017) – Climate change is a global phenomenon and cities are on the frontlines, but climate impacts and risks will be felt differently across neighbourhoods and populations due to differences in geography, culture and infrastructure. Cities must understand the shocks and stresses to neighbourhoods and how to address these vulnerabilities – especially in areas with a high proportion of informal settlements. To this end, Cities Alliance is pleased to announce a new partnership with the World Resources Institute (WRI) to work on Urban Community Resilience Assessments (UCRA) in three cities: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Surat, India; and Semarang, Indonesia.

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Developed by WRI with input from community and city leaders, the UCRA is a tool to help cities include citizen and community capacities into broader assessments of urban resilience. By assessing social cohesion, familiarity with local risks, early warning systems and disaster readiness, the UCRA provides a snapshot of preparedness behaviours, risk perception and strength of community relations. This helps cities rapidly identify public policies and concrete actions that they can take based on the specific traits of each community, including geography, history, culture and habits.

 

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