Session A2: Advancing the Resilient City: New developments and directions in urban adaptation and resilience

The concept of urban resilience has grown in recent years to become a mainstream issue in urban planning and research. Building resilient cities is now a core focus of many local, regional, and international campaigns. Furthermore, the approach has now expanded beyond an initial focus on climate adaptation to include more holistic, integrated, and collaborative approaches.
This session will review the current state of urban resilience and explore new directions in the field in the short and long term. Through a panel discussion, Mayors and local government representatives will present the progress they have made to prepare and adapt their cities to the impacts of climate change and other risks. Panelists will share the various tools and resources available to cities through ICLEI and other networks and provide insights on how local governments can collaborate to upscale and replicate current resilience initiatives in other cities and regions.

Envisaged outcomes
Participants will further develop their understanding of:
– How cities and practitioners currently understand and approach urban resilience;
– The various tools, commitments, and networks available to local governments to support holistic urban adaptation and resilience strategies; and
– New directions, developments, and partnerships in the field as well as their potential to accelerate the implementation of urban resilience actions.

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Urban resilience planning: Current approaches and future directions
Laura Kavanaugh, Resilient Cities Program Manager, ICLEI World Secretariat

Building Resilient Communities: Lessons from Boulder
Matthew Appelbaum, Mayor, City of Boulder, United States

Pioneering climate change adaptation in Vancouver with support from the BARC program
Andrea Reimer, Councilor, City of Vancouver, Canada

Resilient City