Panaji vying for resilient city status

Even as the city waits with bated breath to see if it makes it to the first round for the smart cities mission, the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) has set its eyes on the 100 Resilient Cities mission, which is promoted by the Rockefeller Foundation in the US.

The 100 Resilient Cities mission aims to help cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a part of the 21st century and the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge seeks to fund 100 cities across the world.

Those cities that are selected will receive funding to hire a Chief Resilience Officer, technical support, access to an innovative platform of services from the private, public, and non-profit sectors, and membership in the 100 Resilient Cities network. To compete for the challenge, CCP has tied up with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) to study and prepare the proposal for Panaji. The submitted proposal states that rainfall flooding, coastal flooding, landslides and heat waves posed the four biggest threats to the city while rising sea levels and coastal erosion, depletion of natural resources, environmental degradation and pollution, and an unreliable transportation acted as stressors for the city.

“The challenge seeks to help cities preempt disasters. How do you build resilience in city infrastructure? We don’t want to go for heavy infrastructure. We are looking at sustainability,” commissioner Sanjit Rodrigues said.

In 2013, The Rockefeller Foundation pioneered 100 Resilient Cities to help more cities build resilience towards calamities and stressful events. Till date, hundreds of cities have applied, and 67 cities have been selected, to join the Network – representing one-fifth of the world’s urban population. By 2016, 100 cities will be actively building a resilience strategy.

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