UN-Habitat Tools for Action

City Resilience Profiling Tool

The CRPT goes beyond conventional understandings of disaster risk reduction towards a multi-stakeholder and holistic diagnosis of the city. The approach is people-centred and the results are action-orientated.

Profiles not indexes. Actions not plans.

The CRPT provides a framework for local governments to collect the right data from their city, evaluate it and generate a resilience profile that is unique to their urban context. To be effective, data must be gathered from across the entire urban system, engaging with all stakeholders and taking into account all potential hazards.

The CRPT data input software works along four data sets:

1) City ID – A descriptive snapshot of the urban system, providing a preliminary assessment of its spatial, physical, organizational and functional dimensions.

2) Stakeholders – A map of the main actors involved in the management of the city, including public institutions – at different scales of governance – private companies, civil society and non-governmental organisations.

3) Hazards – A map of the plausible hazards which the urban system is exposed to, taking into account both shocks and stresses.

4) Urban elements – A multi-sectoral assessment of the city’s resilience capacity, built on the analysis of its built environment, basic infrastructures, economy, social and environmental characteristics, public services and mobility; using both standardized indicators and qualitative questions.

The result of data collection and diagnosis is a city resilience profile and a set of concrete and prioritized Actions for Resilience that take into account existing plans, processes and mechanisms. Actions for Resilience are based on data analysis so can help the city leverage the necessary investment and demonstrate their contribution to sustainable urban development as articulated through frameworks such as the New Urban Agenda, the Paris Agreement, the Sendai Framework, and the Sustainable Development Goals.

UN-Habitat provides local governments with the support, training and guidance to confidently implement the tool and engage partners in the process.


Cities identify at least two focal points in the local government to lead data collection and implementation. Focal points play a critical liaising role between the local government and the UN-Habitat team. UN-Habitat trains the focal points and provides the resources they will need to gather data and implement the tool. Focal points are trained on the software, diagnostic process and CRPT methodology, typically during a mission to UN-Habitat’s resilience office in Barcelona. A follow-up mission to the beneficiary city and bi-weekly meetings are organized between all parties to address concerns, track progress and monitor results. Where possible, focal points from different cities are connected to promote city-to-city learning and exchange.


Why should my city build urban resilience?

All cities face hazards, be they man-made or natural. Experience shows that effective prevention and preparedness is more effective and less costly than recovery. Our approach to urban resilience goes beyond traditional ideas of preparedness or risk reduction to support the entire city prepare, adapt, absorb, and recover from hazards.

By 2050, estimates predict that 75% of the global population will be living in urban areas. This represents a major challenge but an even bigger opportunity. When resilient, cities can protect more lives and maintain functionality for the majority of the world’s population when faced with shocks and stresses. Cities that are not resilient will suffer greater losses in terms of human life, functionality and economic costs.

What kind of data will my city need?

To facilitate the diagnosis process, the City Resilience Pro ling Tool collects data across four different ‘sets’ . Different cities have different levels of data and the process can take anywhere from 3 months to 1 year depend- ing on staff and data availability.

Where does the data go?

Data gathered by the local government belongs to the local government. UN-Habitat keeps all data confidential and does not share any outputs from the process with external parties. Local governments must however be willing to share their data with UN-Habitat. We do encourage and support cities to share the results of their work to promote resilience- building in other cities.

Where can my city find the data?

Cities that have already implemented the tool have found the relevant data in census, official records and statistics, and through consultation with departments of the city council. UN-Habitat provides support throughout data collection on where and how to obtain the best data. One of the advantageous cited by our partners is the Tool’s ability to connect departments of the local government and various stakeholder groups around a common project.

What are the costs?

Implementation costs vary depending on the size of the city, accessibility of data and existing resilience work so there is no ‘fixed cost’. Typically, implementation costs include travel from your city to Barcelona for training, travel for UN-Habitat staff to your city and expert time. Costs also contribute to the development of UN-Habitat’s training and guidance material.

How can my city get involved?

The easiest way is to contact us to organize a brief call. We can explain our work in more detail, answer your questions and identify your needs.

Other Tools for Action

Disaster Resilience Scorecard for Cities – A tool for disaster resilience planning.

UNISDR with the support of European Commission, IBM, AECOM and other partners and cities participating in the Making Cities Resilient Campaign have updated the Disaster Resilience Scorecard for Cities.

The Scorecard provides a set of assessments that allow local governments to assess their disaster resilience, structuring around UNISDR’s Ten Essentials for Making Cities Resilient. It also helps to monitor and review progress and challenges in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction: 2015-2030.

The Scorecard can be downloaded from:


Quick Risk Estimation (QRE)

A tool to identifying and understanding current and future risks / stress / shocks and exposure threats to both human and physical assets.

Developed by UNISDR and Deloitte, the Quick Risk Estimation (QRE) tool has been designed for the purposes of identifying and understanding current and future risks / stress / shocks and exposure threats to both human and physical assets. The QRE Tool is not a full-scale risk assessment, rather a multi-stakeholder engagement process to establish a common understanding. Taking into account the actions or corrective measures already undertaken, the QRE will produce a dashboard-style risk assessment advising the risks and hazards to human and physical assets, impacts of identified main risks and associated perils on the specified location and/or particular asset.

More: http://www.unisdr.org
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