An Innovative Scorecard for Evaluating Resiliency in our Cities

Dale Sands

Abstract


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Climate adaptation and building resiliency in our global cities is a matter of increasing importance. The intensity of natural disasters has reminded us of the importance to develop effective planning mechanisms, efficient response efforts and accelerated recovery efforts to return cities to steady state rapidly. By 2050 over 70% of the World’s population will live in cities – a substantial increase from 1913 when 10% of the global population lived in cities. While progress has been made in reducing the loss of life from natural disasters, capital losses have exceeded $2.5 T since 2000.

AECOM Technology, working in conjunction with IBM, developed a quantitative tool, known as the “Resiliency Scorecard†modelled after the “Ten Essentials†of the UN ISDR “Making My City Resilient Campaignâ€, to assist cities in evaluating their preparedness and position relative to the ten essentials. The scorecard is a tool to gauge current position relative to the ten essentials, identify gaps and develop action plans to improve resiliency. Some 80+ individual assessment questions, each scored from 5 (best practice) to 0 (worst practice) are provided. The design of the scorecard is defined as a “counsel of perfectionâ€: no city today would score a “5†across all dimensions. The intent of the scorecard is to help cities understand all elements of resilience, frame a multi-year plan to optimize CAPEX and track progress.

This presentation will highlight the development of the Resiliency Scorecard, report on applications of the scorecard, and discuss avenues for building public/private sector engagement to improve city resiliency to natural disasters.


Keywords


Climate Adaptation, Resiliency, City Natural Disaster Risk Assessment

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