C1 – Fragile Cities, Resilient Futures

This workshop will introduce conference participants to a range of initiatives at the urban-regional scale across environmental and governance contexts that employ collaborative, systems-based approaches applied to “on-the-ground” interventions and solutions. These include:

  • Systems thinking and integrated modelling, as applied to the water-energy-food nexus (Accra) and beyond;
  • Introducing approaches to assess and visualizing  city fragility and resilience at the city scale;
  • Resurgence’s examples of effective translation of climate risk analysis into action by municipal officials with free-at-use, open data approaches and visualization communications tools;  
  • Applications  of community engagement and community mapping tactics to improve approaches

Following a panel discussion, breakout discussions will allow participants to identify strategic priorities in their own contexts and co-draft an ‘Urban Risk Collaboration Framework’ around their table’s thematic topic.

Key objectives  - An objective is to help bridge the gap between data collection, knowledge sharing, risk forecasting and scenario planning on the one hand, and real-world decision making and behavioral change at the city-regional scale on the other.  Related to this objective is the need to improve data literacy for decision makers.

A further goal is to explore some of the legitimate challenges and tensions involved in ensuring that urban stakeholders have access to timely and actionable extreme risk data from non-urban actors such as National Hydromet Services, which are currently struggling to penetrate the urban space effectively.

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