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Managing Urban Risks and Building Resilience

Managing Urban Risks and Building Resilience

With rapidly increasing urbanization, the global development and risk landscape is witnessing a stark shift. Over half the humanity are already living in urban areas, and it is projected to grow to nearly 66% by 2050. With this growth urban centers are fast emerging as catalysts for socio-economic development and resilience.

Emergence of cities as engines of socio-economic development has resulted in increasing manifestation of multiple hues of risks (disasters, CC, political and economic shocks, crises and fragile contexts etc.) in urban areas with magnifying impacts due to concentration of people, economic activities, socio-economic development assets, critical infrastructure and other developmental sectors.

Considering that the vulnerability of urban areas goes beyond disaster and climatic risks and that the cities are caught “in a `perfect storm’ of population growth, escalating adaptation needs and substantial development deficits created by a shortage of human and financial resources, increasing levels of informality, poor governance, environmental degradation, biodiversity loss, poverty and growing inequality” the need for fostering an integrated approach towards urban risk management and resilience building is more pressing today than ever.

Areas of impact

  1. understanding urban resilience,
  2. risks from strengthening urban governance
  3. dealing with corruption and other societal development risks

We will be focusing on some of the risks identified in this section of the website.

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