With the increase of climate risks, the notion of urban and territorial resilience is a major issue today. Applied to the city, urban resilience can be defined as the capacity of an urban system to absorb a disturbance and to recover its functions following this disturbance.
The World Bank estimates that by 2030, without significant investments into making cities more resilient, natural disasters may cost cities worldwide $314 billion each year, up from around $250 billion today.
Several approaches could be explored to stimulate significant impacts on the construction and management of resilient cities. The priority actions identified are:
- Better design of cities while reducing natural resource consumption through optimization of space used and through material reuse and recycling
- Monitor and adjust services to adapt to climate changes and to reduce consumptions and CO2 emissions
- Reduce the environmental impact of human activity through the recovery and treatment of primary resources (water, energy, etc.)
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