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. 



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.