City Water Resilience Approach : Partnering for a resilient future

Global water crises—from flooding to drought—are one of the biggest threats facing the planet over the next decade. As the world’s urban population grows larger, resilient urban water management will be critical to ensuring safe, healthy and prosperous cities.

The City Water Resilience Approach (CWRA) helps cities build the capacity of urban water systems to endure, adapt and transform in the face of new challenges. The approach will inform how water programmes and projects are prioritised, planned, delivered and operated to improve outcomes to individuals.

The CWRA team is always looking for new partners who are interested in advancing this important theme—as donor, city champion, or subject matter expert. We recognise that the project of building water resilience in cities is an ambitious one and cannot be achieved alone, and we would be delighted to discuss how we might work together with your organisation.

In particular, we are looking for partners to work with us to introduce the CWRA to new cities, to build on our existing engagement with eight partner cities.

Learning from an expanded network of participants lets new partner cities leap-frog development by learning what has worked and what hasn’t in other cities. At the same time, we are working to continue to develop a suite of resources —the City Water Resilience Framework, OurWater and others—that can be applied to all cities now and in the future. While these are intended as open-source tools, inputs are always needed to help us continue to build and refine them.

This document summarises the development of the CWRA to date. If you are interested in partnering with us to apply the CWRA in your city or across multiple cities, please register your interest.


Publication date: 13 March, 2019
Authors: The CWRA project team includes Pilar Avello (SIWI), George Beane (Arup), Kieran Birtill (Arup), James Bristow (Arup), Alexa Bruce (Arup / The Resilience Shift), Louise Ellis (Arup / The Resilience Shift), Sophie Fisher (Arup), Mark Fletcher (Arup), Caroline Karmann (Arup), Richard Gine (SIWI), Alejandro Jiménez (SIWI), James Leten (SIWI), Kathryn Pharr (Venturi Innovation), Oriana Romano (OECD), Iñigo Ruiz-Apilánez (Arup / The Resilience Shift), Panchali Saikia (SIWI), Martin Shouler (Arup) and Paul Simkins (Arup).