Deltares contributing to the Urban Resilience Summit: largest ever gathering of urban resilience experts

Published: 19 July 2017

As cities step onto the front lines of the world’s most complex challenges, 100 Resilient Cities -pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) - will be hosting the largest ever gathering of urban resilience practitioners, at the first ‘100RC Urban Resilience Summit’. Deltares (Hans Gehrels) will be giving a workshop on Urban Climate Resilience during this four-day event.

New solutions, collaboration and best practices

The Summit will begin on Monday, July 24th in New York and convenes members from the global network of 100RC leaders – including approximately 80 Chief Resilience Officers (CROs). The goal is to spur new solutions and collaborate on best practices to tackle 21st century resilience challenges. 100 Resilient Cities helps cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic, and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. In addition to cities such as New York, Rotterdam, Singapore, also a limited number of solution providers (Platform Partners) capable of boosting the resilience of these cities are part of this network. Deltares is one of these Platform Partners and supplies solutions related to climate resilience, flood risk management, critical infrastructure and flood forecasting and early warning. “This Summit is the ideal setting to connect with CROs and discuss in depth how our solutions can be used to meet their challenges and ambitions,” said Hans Gehrels, Deltares’ 100RC representative.

Living Lab session on urban Climate Resilience

The Summit will bring together resilience experts who, through the 100RC network, have arrived at resilient solutions designed to tackle the migration crisis, climate change, severe weather events, radicalization, and other major challenges. Together with the cities of Rotterdam, Mexico City and with Arcadis, Deltares organizes a Living Lab on Urban Climate Resilience focusing on development, finance, implementation and community involvement of climate resilience strategies. The session will explore challenges, opportunities and global best practices related to water management and climate change adaptation.

Provide tools for cities to face massive threats

“This work is critical now, as cities are stepping forward to fill the leadership void left by national governments, and it will only grow in importance as the world gets drastically more urbanized over the coming decades. By bringing the worlds brightest urban resilience minds together, we hope to give cities the tools they need to succeed in the face of the massive threats of the 21st century,” said Michael Berkowitz, President, 100RC. Hans Gehrels: “I am proud that Deltares is part of this important urban resilience movement, in this way supporting cities like New Orleans, Mexico City, Bangkok and San Juan with becoming more resilient.”