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Tools for Building Urban Resilience: Integrating Risk Information into Investment Decisions
(Pilot Cities Report – Jakarta and Can Tho)

Building Urban Resilience: Integrating Risk Information Into Investment Decisions
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Based on lessons learnt in Can Tho and Jakarta, the report highlights the benefits of using risk-based approaches in public decisions and investments to reduce disaster and climate risks.

  • National, local and city level governments need to invest in risk information, making it available in a sustainable and user friendly to enable all stakeholders become part of disaster risk reduction and prevention.

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CHALLENGES
  • Climate change, urbanization explosion and population growth are the main drivers of urban vulnerability in Asia.

  • Decision-makers seek consistent and quantitative tools to evaluate public investments.

  • There is a critical demand for flexible and dynamic approaches to building urban resilience.

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KEY FINDINGS
  • Risk information can promote resilience by quantifying the relative impact of urban investments.

  • Integrating risk-based methods into cost-benefit approaches enables urban planner to quantify the consequences of climate change and disasters hazards.

  • A core requirement for the use of risk-based approaches is a robust and sustainable management of geospatial information.

  • The provision of credible information can be seen as a public good and a critical element of urban hazard management policy.

  • Smarter management of information can greatly enhance decision-making capacity.

  • Opening access to information allows a broader set of stakeholders to incorporate risk reductions into decision-making and increase the collective resilience of a city.

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ACTION STEPS
  • Develop technical tools to standardize risk assessment and cost-benefit analysis.

  • Develop institutional tools to integrate the results of risk assessment and cost-benefit analyses into decision-making.

  • Develop political awareness about the benefits of risk-based approaches to decision-making.

  • Enable stakeholder to participate in risk reduction and prevention through capacity building.

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The Building Urban Resilience Program is supported by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) through the World Bank East Asia and Pacific Infrastructure for Growth Trust Fund (EAAIG).

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