Resilient Wellington mural
In 2013, the Rockefeller Foundation pioneered the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) project to help more cities build resilience to the physical, social, and economic challenges in the 21st century.
City resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what stresses and shocks they experience.
Stresses that occur on a day-to-day or cyclical basis weaken the fabric of a city. Examples are high unemployment, an overloaded or inefficient public transportation system, endemic violence, and ongoing food and water shortages.
Shocks are the sudden, acute events we usually think of when we talk about building resilience in our city. Examples are earthquakes, floods, and disease outbreaks.
Workshop to set Wellington's Resilience agenda
What 100RC membership means for Wellington
Wellington City and the wider Wellington region and partner organisations have been working on a variety of initiatives related to resilience for a number of years. These include sustainability, disaster management, community response and engagement.
Being accepted into the 100RC programme gave Wellington access to around $1million of expertise, logistical help and resources, including:
- support for appointing a Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) for a period of two to three years
- support for development of a robust resilience strategy (led by the CRO)
- management of a peer-to-peer network of member cities that can learn from and help each other (Resilient City Network)
- connections to solutions, service providers, and international private and public sector platform partners who can help Wellington implement the Wellington Resilience Strategy.