IIED to review Cities' Campaign


Date: 29 May 2012

Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

GENEVA, 29 May 2012 - David Dodman, Senior Researcher at the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), says the Institute will publish a report on UNISDR's "Making Cities Resilient" campaign by year's end (see video).

IIED is currently studying how campaign members have managed to apply the "Ten Essentials for Making Cities Resilient" and to learn lessons from practice.

He explains that UNISDR's 'Making Cities Resilient' approach to building resilience is different from other approaches because it allows cities to take different actions depending on their local context.

"It particularly allows them to reflect on some of the broader issues of political economy, institutions and governance, and helps them recognize that the specific actions to build resilience need to take place within these broader frameworks," he says.

UNISDR launched the World Disaster Reduction campaign Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready! in May 2010 which now has 1,040 members in 80 countries. The campaign mainly targets local governments, Mayors and other partners which commit to the "Ten Essentials for Making Cities Resilient". This is a condensed version of the Hyogo Framework for Action, adapted for local governments, which includes participatory organization, assigning a budget for risk reduction incentives, maintaining critical infrastructure such as flood drainage, schools and hospitals, improving urban planning, infrastructure and building safety; installing early warning systems; conducting public preparedness drills; and taking measures to adapt to the increasing impact of climate change.

A Local Government Self-Assessment Tool was also field-tested over a four-month period during 2011 in 23 cities in 16 countries and a Handbook for Local Government Leaders was launched earlier this month.