Accelerating a shift in urban water resilience: Influencing policy, shaping practice and sharing learning
The Resilience Shift (RS) (www.resilienceshift.org), supported by Lloyd’s Register Foundation and Arup, is working to make resilience tangible, practical and relevant. Currently focusing on the urban water sector, we are proposing a side event that will consider urban water systems through the lens of resilience. Our work on influencing policy, shaping practice and sharing learning will help to inspire and empower the global urban community on how to make the world safer through resilient infrastructure.
Cities have highlighted a need for tools and approaches to help them and their stakeholders navigate the process of building resilience. RS provides knowledge and tools for those responsible for planning, financing, designing, delivering, operating and maintaining critical infrastructure systems. Our aim is to ensure infrastructure systems are able to withstand, adapt to, and recover quickly from anticipated or unexpected shocks and stresses – now and in the future.
This session will look at our three areas of focus, including:
Influencing policy: Exploring our work with our partners to drive urban water resilience up the global agenda.
Shaping practice: Introducing the City Water Resilience Approach (CWRA), enabling cities to improve their urban water resilience. CWRA is a joint effort developed in collaboration with our project partners, the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), along with city partners in Amman, Cape Town, Greater Miami and the Beaches, Mexico City, Kingston upon Hull, Greater Manchester, Rotterdam and Thessaloniki, and with contributions from 100 Resilient Cities and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Tools forming part of this approach including the City Water Resilience Framework and Our Water will be explored.This will include the findings and recommendations of our Potable Water resilience primer that has sought industry perspectives on current industry resilience practice that can drive change.
Sharing learning: sharing lessons learnt from Cape Town’s Day Zero water crisis around city governance, the management of water resilience, the importance of multi-stakeholder response, and the impact of an emergency on consumer behaviour. This is supported by The Cape Town Drought Response Learning Initiative (CTDRLI) who have documented analyses and reflections of key individuals involved in the drought response, through in-depth filmed interviews.
Overall, this event will strengthen the urban water resilience community of practice and accelerate a shift in how we approach resilience. The event will be supplemented by presentation slides and video material.
Organizer: Resilience Shift
Partner Organizations: Arup