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New release: Resilience Zones

logo boxedThe Next Practice (TNP) in partnership with ICLEI released a new service offering called Resilience Zones, at ICLEI Canada’s Livable Cities Forum in Vancouver. Taking a comprehensive approach to climate adaptation, catastrophic risk management, and local economic development, the Resilience Zone process focuses on creating the market conditions for continued development and re-investment in at-risk urban districts, precincts and neighbourhoods.

For more information about Resilience Zones click here.




Experts’ Workshop on Sustainable Cities

Communitas Experts' Workshop Jeb Brugmann, TNP Partner, was invited to moderate an international expert group meeting hosted by the Communitas Coalition at the United Nations (UN) in New York City on December 5th and 6th, 2013. Communitas’ work is focused on embedding sustainable urbanization into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) being negotiated by the United Nations. The discussions were organized based on the following 6 SDG thematics areas:

1. Integrated urban planning & design for city-region connectivity & efficiency and inclusive public space

2. Participatory democracy, poverty & inequalities reduction

3. Prosperity & jobs for all within planetary boundaries with a focus on youth & women

4. Universal access to affordable & quality social services & public utilities incl. shelter, water & sanitation, transport & energy

5. Linkages with rural development, including food security & resources provision

6. Resilience through risk prevention & management & environmental sustainability

For a full listing of participating organizations and to review the agenda and expert summaries, click here.

Building resilient cities

TNP Partner, Jeb Brugmann, authored a report titled “Building Resilient Cities: From Risk Assessment to Redevelopment” as part of the “Building Climate Resilience in Cities” workshop series organized by Ceres, ClimateWise, The University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, The Insurance Advisory Panel and ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability.

Building Resilient Cities

Historically, efforts to build climate resilience in cities have been led by public policy and planning efforts. As cities continue to grow in scale and complexity, large scale investment and widespread behavioural change is needed to ensure that cities are prepared to manage future risks, illustrating the crucial role that the private sector has to play. This report identifies one of ways in which the private sector can work to mitigate the negative outcomes of climate change through a new strategic planning framework, called a “Resilience Zone”.

To read the full report, click here.

Creating a market for climate adaptation

Climate change adaptation and natural disaster reduction is typically viewed as a cost that must be funded by governments and property owners. Since the costs of preventative measures offer no clear investment return, little is done until disaster strikes. In this paper, Jeb Brugmann presents an alternative strategy for disaster reduction in cities: establish a market for ‘resilience’ as a performance benefit of locations and properties, much as markets have been established in recent decades for ‘green’ and ‘livable’ locations. The findings of a recent collaboration between Ceres, ClimateWise, The Next Practice, the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, and others will be available here soon.