Bangalore will be part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s global project, 100 Resilient Cities (100 RC), dedicated to help cities around the world to become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that have cropped up in the 21st century.
Surat has been selected by the Foundation for the development of a resilience strategy owing to its vulnerability to earthquakes and floods. Bangalore will also be selected among the 100 in the next round of searches for cities that face huge development problems.
Rockefeller Foundation has committed 100 million dollars to the project. The other global cities that have joined the global urban resilience initiative are Melbourne, New York, Glasgow, Los Angeles, Mexico City, San Francisco and more.
Resilience, the foundation states, is not resilient only to shocks and stresses like earthquakes, floods, epidemics, but also the daily stresses a city may face like water shortage, problems with public transportation, excess taxation, accidents of all kinds, high unemployment, social and community unrest.
“I understand Bangalore has serious problems around water connections, transportation and lack of infrastructure. How can we help Bangalore to be resilient to all these crises? We will help build a city that can respond to adverse events and is better able to deliver basic functions to its residents. We will develop a resilience strategy for Bangalore to help cope with the problems it faces.
Though Surat has been the first city in India to be selected to the 100 RC, Bangalore will come up for selection in December this year when we announce a second round of cities,” Michael Berkowitz, president, 100 RC, told Deccan Herald. Berkowitz is part of the Foundation, too, which is driving the project.
More Indian cities will be selected in the next round. The selection depends on clarity in outlining the problems and in the solutions suggested to overcome them. In the first round, the Foundation received around 400 applications of which 32 were selected. The second round selections will be known in December.
The number 100 (cities) came up as the Rockefeller Foundation turned 100 in 2013 and wished to celebrate the occasion with a project for social good. The idea then was to select 100 cities in the world that needed resilience to cope with varied challenges. The project will bring into the planning process stakeholders across city government, from the private sector, non-profits, NGOs and civic groups.
Cities that are part of the 100 Resilient Cities are provided with resources necessary to develop a roadmap to resilience along four paths - financial and logistical guidance for establishing a new innovative position in the city government, a Chief Resilience Officer, who will lead the city’s resilience effort; experts to help chalk out the resilience strategy and support the office; connecting member cities to solutions, service providers and partners who can help implement the resilience strategy; finally, a membership in a global network of member-cities which will enable the selected cities to learn from each other.