100 Resilient Cities Project

Date: February 09, 2015

Rockefeller Foundation Bengaluru Chennai Surat 100 Resilient Cities Project

Bengaluru, Chennai, Surat among 100 Resilient Cities Project

100 Resilient Cities, a project of the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) is dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.  100RC supports the adoption and incorporation of a view of resilience that includes not just the shocks – earthquakes, fires, floods, etc. – but also the stresses that weaken the fabric of a city on a day to day or cyclical basis.  Examples of these stresses include high unemployment; an overtaxed or inefficient public transportation system; endemic violence; or chronic food and water shortages.  By addressing both the shocks and the stresses, a city becomes more able to respond to adverse events, and is overall better able to deliver basic functions in both good times and bad, to all populations. 

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Cities in the 100 Resilient Cities network are provided with the resources necessary to develop a roadmap to resilience along four main strategies:-

a-Financial and logistical guidance for establishing an innovative new position in city government, a Chief Resilience Officer, who will lead the city’s resilience efforts;
b-Expert support for development of a robust resilience strategy;
c-Access to solutions, service providers, and partners from the private, public and NGO sectors who can help them develop and implement their resilience strategies; and
d-Membership of a global network of member cities who can learn from and help each other.

Issues with the three Indian cities:

The common problem areas listed in the project’s website, are flooding, infrastructure inadequacies and pollution. Idividually speaking,Bangalore has to deal with poor transport system,Chennai has to contend with overpopulation and a constant threat of cyclones and finally Surat has challenges of disease-outbreak and rising sea levels. .

Water will remain among the key challenges for Bengaluru, as it now depends on pumped water from the Cauvery nearly 100 km away.