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Natural Hazards and Climate Change

Governance Processes For Urban Resilience

Towards the strategic planning of a resilient city


The research team on the resilience of critical infrastructures of the École nationale d'administration publique (professor Marie-Christine Therrien), which developed an expertise of the Montreal critical infrastructures, is collaborating with Centre for Integrated Research on Risk and Resilience of Kings College (professor Mark Pelling) to develop an evaluation tool of governance processes for urban resilience. 

The objectives are to:

  1. Create a common definition of urban resilience; 
  2. Share knowledge and experiences of municipal partners as well as scientific knowledge about the concepts of crises, risk and resilience; 
  3. Build governance bridges (processes) leading to an optimal and integrated strategy for managing resilience.

Objectives and positioning

Civil security must intensify its partnerships with the teams involved with emergency response, risk assessment and also in planning, public health, climate adaptation, transportation management, etc.  The discussions pertain to develop a better synergy between agencies responsible for risks, climate change adaptation and response teams. International and scientific comparisons of current practices generate benefits for all stakeholders involved in the project by building the capacity to mobilize the necessary information for decisions at critical stages of the management of resilience, thus increasing their ability for action, and critical to reducing loss of life, property damage and other impacts.

The resilience of critical infrastructures is also an interesting avenue to examine the transition modes for better environmental protection. Finally, as we begin, this reflection will reach a strategic position in the municipal network that will foster commitment for security and greater cooperation with other actors such as other jurisdictions (provincial and federal), as well as public and private organizations present in urban areas.

Ultimately, the municipal resilience innovation processes in terms of consolidation of governance mechanisms could ensure effectiveness of adaptation, the flow of information on risks and the development and updating of strategies in a network. These innovative strategies could help ways in which it is possible to recover more efficiently of some crises, or, to reduce the impact and likelihood of occurrence of crises from various sources, it can become a dynamic tool (periodic or continuous) for the assessment of the resilience of cities. This project is part of a framework currently under development by the World Bank, the C- 40, and Rockefeller Foundation through the project 100 Resilient Cities. The present project will coordinate with the reflections of these organizations.

The cities of Montréal (Canada) and London (UK) are participating in this project.  Other cities will be joining soon.  If you are interested in learning more on this project or would like to participate, please contact Professor Marie-Christine Therrien:

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