Do Cities Need Chief Resilience Officers to Combat Climate Change?

It is a wonderful idea, and if picked, a winning city will receive financial support for creating resilience plans and appointing chief resilience officers (CRO) to oversee all aspects of city resilience and sustainability. But the challenge does raise a couple of questions.

First, what exactly is urban resilience? The term began to crop up a few years ago as a more encompassing term than “sustainability,” which has been used to define the way communities can grow economically without so much environmental degradation. Resilient cities aren’t just sustainable, they are also less vulnerable by reducing the risk they face when it comes to natural disasters. If a disaster strikes, a city with a resilience strategy would be able to respond, withstand and bounce back far more quickly.

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A quick return to normalcy is especially important for poor people in urban areas. They are likely to suffer the most in a disaster, so a strategy that can help them get back on their feet faster reduces the misery and suffering that occurs in the wake of storms, conflicts and other large-scale problems.

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