Looking into urban resilience

As cities face increasing vulnerabilities due to natural disasters, the need for enhancing urban resilience through adaptive models of governance and comprehensive planning has never been greater

Amit Kapoor & Bibek Debroy
Delhi metro

Cities around the world are more interconnected and densely populated than ever. While there are growing social and economic benefits, there are also increasing vulnerabilities. Multiple and multidimensional issues face a city, ranging from natural disasters to sudden and severe events that threaten the population.
In addition, factors like excessive unemployment, a lack of social safety nets, and unequal public transit systems compound the effects of poverty and erode a community’s social cohesion over time, making abrupt shocks more damaging. The new normal of today calls for governance models that reduce risk and address changing issues. In this context, the need is to create more adaptive models of governance that enhance the ease of living and doing business, further strengthening the resilience of urban systems.
The UN-Habitat understands urban resilience as “the measurable ability of any urban system, with its inhabitants, to mai
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First Published: Apr 19 2023 | 10:35 PM IST

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