Partner Cities

CRPP Partner Cities Summit Feb. 2015

Following the Barcelona’s Resilience Experience conference the CRPP convened the first Partner Cities Summit held on the 26th - 27th February in the Sant Pau, Barcelona office.

CRPP Focal Points and local government representatives from Balangoda (SRL), Cagayan de Oro (PHL), Barcelona (SPA), Dar es Salaam (TZA), Beirut (LBN), Tehran (IRN), Lokoja (NGA), and Bogota (COL) as a representative of the CRPP Associate City Network, gathered in this first working session to review and share progress and results, and exchange knowledge.

The summits are further convened to reinforce the network strength and develop city to city cooperation and collaboration, and establish a feedback mechanism for improvement of the CRPP tools, methodologies, and support systems.

See the workshop report: CRPP Cities Working Session Feb. 2015

The CRPP Partner Cities

The United Nations Human Settlements (UN-Habitat) announced on 18 April, 2013, the 10 partner cities for its City Resilience Profiling Programme (CRPP).

The Executive Director, Dr. Joan Clos, welcomes the partnership with all ten city governments, and looks forward to achieving our mutual goals of; reducing loss of lives and assets, protecting development gains, and ensuring continuity of public and private services through any potential crises impacting cities throughout the world.

CRPP Partner Cities are located in both developed and developing countries, with populations ranging from 23,000 to 11 million, and face varying types and degrees of risk, from natural hazards to political instability, and often, multiple risks simultaneously.

Balangoda (Sri Lanka), Barcelona (Spain), Beirut (Lebanon), Cagayan de Oro (Philippines), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Concepción and Talcahuano (Chile), Lokoja (Nigeria), Portmore (Jamaica), Tehran (Iran), Wellington (New Zeland)

CRPP Partner Cities are located in both developed and developing countries, with populations ranging from 23,000 to 11 million, and face varying types and degrees of risk, from natural hazards to political instability, and often, multiple risks simultaneously.

10 cities
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