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#WWWeek – SIWI Seminar: Urban water resilience, from utopia to reality
24 August @ 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
This session will showcase how individual cities in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin and North America have built resilience to future shocks and stresses and increased uncertainty, and the role of stakeholders at different levels in the process.
Louise Ellis is hosting a keynote on behalf of Arup and The Resilience Shift, in partnership with Tony Wong, Water Sensitive Cities. This session also includes Joep Verhagen, Fernando Armendaris, and panellists José Araujo, Shreya Nath, Kerrie Burge, Pendo Hyera, Adrian Healy, Yasmina El Amine, Mike Webster, and Natalia Reyes Tejada (representing ENDA tiers-monde, UNESCO Megacities Alliance for Water and Climate, Global Center on Adaptation, SIWI, and World Bank Group).
Critical factors influencing resilience: This session will build on findings from Session 1 and identify critical factors that lead to urban water resilience. After exploring the need for resilience in today’s environment, two different panels will explore city-wide and bottom–up approaches to resilience-building and discuss how they complement each other.
The world is urbanizing rapidly. In 2050, 2 thirds of the global population will live in cities. In addition, the impacts of Covid-19 and the ongoing climate change crisis have emphasized the vulnerability of urban water management systems, and how they continue to affect the livelihoods and health of urban dwellers, especially in low-income settlements. The harsh consequences of increased frequency and complexity of shocks and stresses call for cities that are prepared to face an uncertain future.
A paradigm shift is imperative to adopt a watershed-level and integrated approach to resilience building that engages all relevant stakeholders with a framework for increased accountability. Moreover, scaling up and accelerating urban climate adaptation entails mainstreaming urban water resilience building into national level planning and budgeting and Nationally Determined Contributions.
The Seminar will showcase how individual cities in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin and North America have built resilience to future shocks and stresses and increased uncertainty, and the role of stakeholders at different levels in the process, through the participation of representatives Central and Local Governments, Utilities and NGOS, as well as Research and Development Agencies.
‘Looking behind the curtain – Critical factors influencing resilience today’
This session will build on the key messages from Session 1 and identify critical factors that lead to urban water resilience. After a candid conversation about the need for resilience in today’s environment, two different panels will explore both city-wide and bottom– up approaches to resilience-building and discuss how they can complement each other.
Joep Verhagen, Global Centre on Adaptation, SIWI SPC Member and
Fernando Armendaris, World Bank
Key note: Principles of building urban water resilience
Tony Wong, Water Sensitive Cities and
Louise Ellis, ARUP
Panel 1 : City wide approaches towards urban resilience
Resilient and inclusive financial models
Developing a blue-green-grey infrastructure
Water-sensitive revitalisation of urban slums
Moderated discussion with panellists
Panel 2 : Communities, a driving force towards urban resilience
Word-Up! Amplifying citizen voices
The critical role of households
Actionable knowledge from city front-liners
Yasmina El Amine
Moderated discussion with panellists
Mike Webster, City of Cape Town
Introduction to next sessions
Natalia Reyes Tejada, YSPC, SIWI
• ENDA tiers-monde
• Global Center on Adaptation
• Megacities Alliance for Water and Climate – UNESCO
• Stockholm International Water Institute
• World Bank Group