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IBM and AECOM Announce First City to Pilot UN Disaster Resilience Scorecard

Locals walk through floodwaters after days of heavy rain in the Solomon Islands, which caused flash flooding and the Mataniko River in Honiara to burst its banks, April 4, 2014.
Locals walk through floodwaters after days of heavy rain in the Solomon Islands, which caused flash flooding and the Mataniko River in Honiara to burst its banks, April 4, 2014.

 

WORLD CITIES SUMMIT — In light of the growing threat of disasters from natural hazards such as floods, storms, fires and earthquakes, one growing city is taking the lead in piloting a new tool to assess how prepared cities of all sizes will be when disaster strikes. Coimbatore, India, is the first city to apply a new United Nations’ Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) scorecard which was developed jointly by IBM (NYSE: IBM ) and AECOM, the companies announced today at the World Cities Summit in Singapore…

 

Winners of the Pacific Innovation and Leadership Award for Resilience announced

Non-government organisations across the Pacific have been recognised for reducing the impact disasters have in the region. The inaugural Pacific Innovation and Leadership Award for Resilience, also known as PILAR, were given out during a ceremony in Suva overnight. Caritas Australia, the Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific and the Pacific Disability Forum were each given the award. The head of the Pacific branch of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Tim Wilcox says previously work in this area would have been done without any specific acknowledgment…

 

Phuket News: BMA looks to offset disaster risk

The plan, which includes provisions for heavy flooding and earthquakes, focuses on improving evacuation procedures and reducing damage to infrastructure and loss of life in the event of a disaster. BMA traffic and transport expert Ekachai Sirikipanichkul said logistics planning for a disaster has been challenging given the city’s high population density, but stressed that effective preparation was needed to reduce the potential damage. A plan for transport route management in Bangkok and nearby cities was established through a collaborative process involving both local and state-run agencies, he said. The measures include identifying flood-prone areas and placing water level markers so motorists will know whether their vehicles can pass…

 

Resilience for what and for whom?

Between 4-8 May, the third international conference on resilience took place in Montpellier, France. With more than 900 researchers, practitioners and students coming from around the world , the conference was this year’s gathering for discussions on resilience, transformation, development and conservation. Under the heading “Resilience and Development: Mobilizing for Transformation”, the conference highlighted case studies and new methodologies to navigate change and support decision-making based on social and ecological considerations. Session formats varied from more traditional talk format to speed talks, panels and interactive role play games…

 

Building smart cities: secrets for climate, community, resilience

Standards relevant to the smart cities of the future are emerging — through new paradigms, city-centric networks, alliances and consortia and certification bodies. The best practices that arise from these efforts will provide or inform the standardization which will lead us to 21st century “new normal” for cities. This brief compilation of emerging standards and practices reveals the opportunities for innovation and the potential for 21st century transformation…