...in thinking

Resilience Engineered

Three films to demystify resilience, funded by The Resilience Shift, developed in collaboration with the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge.

Summary for Urban Policymakers

A summary for urban policymakers, presenting the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessments in targeted summaries that can help inform action at the city scale.

Resilient Leadership

Real-time learning from the Covid crisis was captured over 16 weeks of interviews with senior leaders, providing insights into what makes resilient leadership, and how to lead for resilience.

...in practice

Infrastructure Pathways

A resource for practitioners in search of clear, easy-to-navigate guidance on climate-resilient infrastructure, compiled from hundreds of leading resources, and organized by lifecycle phase.


Diagram of a working port


A multi-stakeholder, whole-systems approach is needed for ports to become low carbon resilient gateways to growth, as a meeting point of critical infrastructure systems, cities and services.


Resilience Realized

The Resilience Realized Awards recognise projects around the world at the cutting edge of resilience.

City Water Resilience Approach

CWI Wheel diagram


Download the step by step methodology to help cities collaboratively build resilience to local water challenges, mapped with the OurWater online governance tool, as used by cities around the world.

The City Water Resilience Approach – learn from cities around the world

Cities can learn from each other, and many face the same water challenges. Some of these varied challenges are captured through the development and implementation of the City Water Resilience Approach since 2018.

Developed with city stakeholders over multiple engagements, piloted and tested, and then implemented in selected early adopter cities, the CWRA has also been adapted for use remotely and is to be used in six Africa city regions as part of its use in the WRI’s programme Urban Water Resilience in Africa.

For those interested in city case studies, you can find City Characterisation Reports for 9 cities that capture the critical first step in this process of understanding the local water system, and the factors that contribute to or detract from resilience.

You can also access the detailed Water Resilience Profiles for 4 cities. These show how cities can use the CWRA methodology to bring stakeholders together to develop a comprehensive assessment of water management in a city and translate this diagnosis into opportunities to improve the water resilience of the city. The documents describe the assessment process and its results, identifying strengths that can be leveraged and built on, as well as those areas that can be improved to ensure water security and protection from water shocks and stresses in the city. They set out how the insights from the assessment translate these conclusions into tangible new actions that build each city’s water resilience.

You can also explore how the Approach helps cities and their stakeholders to map their water systems using the OurWater digital governance tool which helps users visualise the processes, stakeholders and infrastructure that make up their city’s water system.

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