Urban resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience. The basic components of urban resilience - as it relates to infrastructure projects – are:
- The involvement of diverse stakeholder communities in the planning processes
- The degree to which projects are integrated within a broader city vision that is inclusive of vulnerable populations
- The degree to which projects are assessed to maximize co-benefits e.g., are the environmental and social benefits considered in addition to the economic benefits?
- The ability of infrastructure to withstand shocks (e.g. natural and man-made disasters), but also address neighbouring community stresses (e.g. poverty, unemployment, crime) in a way that can build social cohesion and create economic opportunities for local populations.
- The recognition that infrastructure must be flexible to a future that may present new, unforeseen challenges
- The ability of infrastructure projects to contribute to the well-being of the urban system as a whole
To better understand the above issues EY and 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) - pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation - are conducting a multi-market study around planning and financing resilient infrastructure for cities. This survey will help EY and 100RC assess the degree to which urban resilience thinking has affected and could potentially affect the infrastructure work you are a part of.
The survey is targeted at a wide range of players in the resilient city ecosystem, including public sector, private sector, 100RC platform partners, academics and Chief Resilience Officers. This will provide an overview of the multitude of players and perspectives driving this emerging field and will suggest policy approaches and best practices for the public and private sector, alongside in-depth insights on trends and activities on the ground.
The survey consists of 18 questions, should take ten minutes to complete and is conducted via an online questionnaire. As a participant, your answers will remain anonymous and will be aggregated and analysed by EY and 100RC. A comprehensive report on the findings of the survey will be published in mid-2017. You can complete the questionnaire by following this link to the online survey.