Urban Risk & Planning

Caption: ‘Protection Zone’ consisting of concrete walls and demountable flood barriers at the low-lying fishing village of Tai O in Lantau Island, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China.
For the urban coastal city of Hong Kong, typhoons are a regular occurrence from May to October. Consequently, Hong Kong’s infrastructure is designed to cope with the strong winds, floods, and storm surges they bring. Recently, however, the territory experienced two powerful storms in consecutive years. In 2017, Super Typhoon Hato struck the region, and in the following year, the city witnessed Super Typhoon Mangkhut, the strongest typhoon since 1983. But Hong Kong suffered lower economic losses from both storms when compared with the neighboring Guangdong region and the city of Macau, thanks partly to its well-coordinated response and resilient infrastructure.
A two-year drought is forcing California to “dramatically curtail water delivery next year” to 27 million of the state’s residents and 750,000 acres/300,000 hectares of farmland, Bloomberg reports.
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030)
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Europe & Central Asia
Row of floating houses in the Netherlands
The floating city could withstand natural disasters including floods, tsunamis and Category 5 hurricanes as its floating platforms will be anchored to the seafloor.
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This paper argues that learning from the disaster risk management (DRM) practices of Manizales, Colombia must be accompanied by an understanding of the historical trajectories that allowed the city to create and consolidate its enabling environment.
Facing population growth and health hazards associated with flooding, Kampala is implementing a DRR plan with help from the 'Making Cities Sustainable and Resilient’ project.
With support from UNDRR's "Making cities sustainable and resilient" project, Guayaquil has developed a DRR plan that has spurred improvements in data collection, equipment and coordination, among others.
In this interview, Veladio Erazo Masgo, Deputy Manager of Disaster Risk of San Juan de Lurigancho, reveals that the "Making Cities Resilient" initiative has provided a tool that guides urban growth in his city. The effort will hopefully help overcome issues in local authority engagement and increasing the understanding of DRR's importance.
Kisumu has offered to be a training ground for other African cities due to its pioneering role in disaster risk reduction, which is thanks in part to great civic participation in preventive strategies and the Making Cities Sustainable and Resilient Initiative.
Guatemala developed new disaster response protocols for its municipal departments. Thanks to the new DRR plan there's more coordination when an emergency rises.