Resilient Placemaking for Communities and Cities

Building Agricultural Resilience to Natural Hazard‑induced Disasters

he agricultural sector is facing unprecedented shocks and stresses. In recent years, natural hazard induced disasters have ranged from powerful typhoons in Southeast Asia, to more active Atlantic hurricane seasons, severe droughts in many countries, and huge swarms of desert locusts in countries across the Greater Horn of Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and Southwest Asia.

Agricultural sector stakeholders are also collaborating and building relationships to better prepare for and
respond to natural hazard induced disasters (NHID) via formal networks of public and private stakeholders.

Climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of such events, causing production losses, damaging land and assets in agricultural sectors, and threatening livelihoods around the world…

Resilient Placemaking for Communities and Cities

Resilient placemaking is an essential design and planning tool to build smarter, resilient city infrastructure, and enhance disaster preparedness and crisis management.As Puerto Rico finally begins the true phase of reconstruction, it is important to do so with a resilient placemaking-design focus.

In Old San Juan, plazas serve as important public spaces that support social gatherings and facilitate the exchange of information among residents and visitors Photo: .Josian E. Bruno Gómez

Placemaking is a people-centric approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces to create areas that promote health, well-being and happiness. It capitalizes local assets and resources to strengthen communities and improve the resilience of cities. Placemaking focuses on the needs of the people who live, work and play in an area, using the public spaces in a development or neighborhood to encourage greater social interaction, foster healthier relationships and improve the economic viability of the community….

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