Working with cities

CRPP engages with cities in both developed and developing countries, with populations ranging from 23,000 to 11 million, and facing varying types and degrees of risk, from natural hazards to political instability, or multiple risks simultaneously.

We actively engage with cities across the globe to increase their awareness of and action on urban resilience. From Barcelona to Asunción, Port Villa to Dakar, Yakutsk to Maputo, CRPP has a growing network of partner cities implementing its City Resilience Profiling Tool.

We support partner cities at every stage of the process with the tools, expertise, good practice and advice necessary to collect the data, verify it and define priority actions.

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Maputo (Mozambique): The capital and largest city in Mozambique, Maputo’s 1.7 million population are at risk from drought. The city is engaging with UN-Habitat’s CRPP through the support provided by the European Commission’s DEVCO project. With formal engagement from the city council and data collection initiated, the city is on track to have a resilience action plan in 2018.

Port Vila (Vanuatu): With a population of 44,000, Port Vila is the largest city on the island and the hub of the island’s economic activity. The tropical climate puts the city at risk of severe storms and hurricanes. Engagement with UN-Habitat’s CRPP is supported through the European Commission’s DEVCO project and formal engagement from the local government is projected for 2017.

Asunción (Paraguay): Bordered by the Paraguay River, flooding is a major concern for the city’s population, estimated at over half a million. The local government of Asunción formally engaged with CRPP through the European Commission’s DEVCO project in 2017 and has initiated data collection to work towards creating a Resilience Action Plan.

Balangoda (Sri Lanka): Located in Southern Sri Lanka, the city has a population of 23,220, and is mainly prone to landslides and floods due to recurrent cyclones. The city recently established a unit within its city council for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

Barcelona (Spain): Barcelona is one of the major cities in Europe with a strong commitment to Building urban resilience with its Urban Resilience Board for Infrastructure and Services Supply to counter the impact of various types of crises and to strengthen infrastructures and services supply capacities.

Beirut (Lebanon): Beirut is the capital and largest city of Lebanon. The estimates of Beirut’s population range from as low as 938,940 to less than two million. It is coastal city and prone to earthquakes and associated tsunamis. The City is highly committed to Building disaster risk management with the collaboration of the National Government. Currently Beirut city is preparing its disaster response plan and assessing the impact of its major potential disaster to enhance further its resilience.

Cagayan de Oro: (Philippines): A city with over 602,000 citizens with multi-hazard profile of earthquakes, floods, cyclones, tsunami, among others. The city has established a full-time unit in charge of disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.

Dar es Salaam (Tanzania): One of the largest cities in Africa with roughly 5 million inhabitants, prone to recurrent floods. The city is now developing a Disaster Risk Resilient Strategic Plan to address all potential hazards.

Lokoja (Nigeria): A rapidly urbanizing city with population of over 500,000, experiencing a huge flood in 2012, and several residential areas in vulnerable, low-lying neighborhoods in the city.

Portmore (Jamaica): A city with approximately 250, 000, inhabitants, prone to hurricanes, sea surge, floods and earthquakes. The city has developed a Disaster Preparedness Programme in 2004 to cope with the recurrent hurricanes in the region.

Concepción / Talcahuano (Chile): Concepción and Talcahuano are part of the greater metropolitan area of the Bio Region , located in the south central coast of Chile. They were both struck in 2010 by an 8.8 catastrophic earthquake and subsequent tsunami. The “Talcahuano 2020” plan compasses its views and strategies on reconstruction.

Tehran (Iran): Tehran has experienced 4 major earthquakes of over Magnitude 5 since the 1960s and established the Tehran Disaster Mitigation and Management Organization, winning the Sasakawa International Award for Disaster Reduction.

Wellington (New Zeland): Surrounded by sea and intersected by two major tectonic plates, Wellington is exposed to a wide range of hazards – from earthquakes to floods, to landslides and storm surges. The city has been conducting extensive research and education programmes and a significant expenditure has been committed for mitigating disaster impacts