What is City Resilience? It is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience. Resilience is about making cities better, both in the short & long term, for everyone.
100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) is a network of 100 global cities integrating resilience thinking in their development efforts.
In December 2014, Chennai joined the 100RC initiative. As a member city, Chennai receives the financial and logistical support to establish an innovative new position in city government, a Chief Resilience Officer (CRO), who will lead the city’s resilience efforts; Expert support to establish a robust Resilience Strategy; Access to solutions, service providers and partners from across public, private and non-profit sectors; Membership to a global network of member cities to learn from and help each other.
In July 2017, R Krishna Mohan was appointed as Chennai’s Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) and is now leading Chennai in the strategy phase of its resilience journey which involves engaging stakeholders and understanding its resilience related strengths & weaknesses.