Right on the heels of helping kick off Climate Week NYC, Swiss Re Americas Chair Phil Ryan is sharing his "three-pronged approach to urban resilience" on the HuffPo blog.
Phil makes some darned good points about what communities should do to strengthen resilience to natural disaster shocks. For example:
"[S]ome city administrations need to prioritize their spending on public works in other ways as well. For example, I would argue that as far as long-term urban resilience goes, investment in schools, hospitals and fit-for-purpose drainage systems should take precedence over prestige projects such as new sports stadiums. Having drains that work might seem a strange example in this context, but given the increasing frequency of torrential downpours generated by climate change in many parts of the world, these basic items of infrastructure are extremely important. The citizens of Mexico City or Rio de Janeiro will know exactly what I mean."
Read the entire post on the HuffPo blog.
Category: Climate/natural disasters: Climate change, Disaster risk, Resilience