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#WWWeek – Pathways to resilient, blue-green growth for cities

25 August @ 6:00 am7:00 am

Urbanisation brings challenges of infrastructure provision and increasing exposure to climate risks, but also opportunities to leapfrog to resilient infrastructure. By designing with water and aligning with socio-economic and environmental drivers, the water cycle can deliver wider benefits. In this session, we explore three city case studies using governance, spatial analysis and machine learning approaches to deliver resilient, blue-green growth in Addis Ababa, Hull and Shanghai.

The session will begin with knowledge sharing bursts on the City Water Resilience Approach, a multi-stakeholder, collaborative approach to developing a city’s water action plan, and Design with Water, which aligns multiple catchment drivers through spatial analysis and machine learning to develop blue-green-grey infrastructure masterplans. Both approaches have been deployed during the Covid-19 pandemic and the bursts will share the suitability of these approaches for remote deployment in data and resource scarce cities.

The sessions will include an interactive panel discussion with representatives from cities, donors and implementors sharing lessons learnt from the development of water masterplans in Kigali, Addis Ababa, Hull and Shanghai. The topics will include how to facilitate meaningful stakeholder engagement remotely, and how spatial and qualitative analysis techniques can be used to supplement city and utility data to provide analysis of the challenges and development of options in data scarce contexts.

Programme
Introduction: Design with Water
Louise Ellis, Water Portfolio Lead, The Resilience Shift

Collaborative resilience planning in five cities
Louise Kennedy, Water & Development Specialist, Arup

Digital blue-green master-planning in Shanghai
Xiaoxuan Ma, Shanghai Urban Construction Design and Research Institute
Thomas Sagris, Associate, Arup

Roundtable
Moderator: Katrin Bruebach, Global Director of Programs, Resilient Cities Network
Lee Pitcher, General Manager, Hull and East Riding Living with Water Partnership
Yohannes Ameha, Environmental Specialist, Addis Ababa City Resilience Project Office
Rogier van den Berg, Acting Global Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
Xiaoxuan Ma, Shanghai Urban Construction Design and Research Ins
Katrin Bruebach, Global Director of Programs, Resilient Cities Network

Convenors
• Arup
• Living with Water
• Resilient Cities Network
• Shanghai Urban Construction Design and Research Institute
• The Resilience Shift
• World Resources Institute

Venue

Online

Organizers

The Resilience Shift
Arup
Living with Water Partnership
Resilient Cities Network
World Resources Institute
Shanghai Urban Construction Design and Research Institute

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