At the end of 2013, Durban was selected as one of the first 33 cities to be included in the Rockefeller Foundation’s International 100 Resilient Cities (100RC).
The Rockefeller Foundation launched 100 RC to assist cities around the world in building urban resilience in the face of a future where stresses (i.e. inequality, unemployment and degradation of the natural environment) and shocks (i.e. floods and other disasters) are likely to become more prevalent.
With most of the world’s population now living in cities, building urban resilience is important in helping cities (people, communities, infrastructure and ecosystems) to prepare for these challenges so that they can recover effectively to a state better prepared to cope with both extreme and chronic events.
As one of the first cities to be selected for 100RC, Durban has been given the opportunity and responsibility to work in a new and emerging field. 100RC will provide a significant global platform to share local innovation and thinking and to learn from others, which is becoming increasingly important as the world moves into an uncertain and unpredictable future. A key output of 100RC is to develop a ‘Resilience Strategy’ for Durban.
Durban’s involvement in 100 RC is being coordinated under Dr Debra Roberts, Deputy Head: Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department (EPCPD) as the ‘Chief Resilience Officer’ (CRO) and is being supported by a Project Management team from the EPCPD, as well as by a cross-departmental municipal team and a number of external stakeholder groupings.