How to Make Cities More Resilient: A Handbook for Local Government Leaders

We are happy to announce the successful completion and release of the New Handbook for Local Government Leaders (2017 edition) by UNISDR as a contribution to the Making Cities Resilient Campaign 2010-2020. CUDRR+R’s Executive Director Dr. Ebru Gencer is the lead author of this report, with contributions from numerous partners and local governments. Further information on the report and other tools for Making Cities Resilient can be found here.

The report is available for download here, or by clicking the image below.

For further information about the report and How to Make Cities More Resilient, please contact CUDRR+R and UNISDR.


Local Government Powers for Disaster Risk Reduction: A new report by UNISDR and CUDRR+R is finalized

CUDRR+R is happy to announce the completion of another report for the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. Local Government Powers for Disaster Risk Reduction: A Study on Local-Level Authority and Capacity for Resilience is a baseline study on the types of authorities and capacities local governments have to undertake DRR actions and build urban resilience. The study develops benchmarks for the Ten Essentials promoted in the Making Cities Resilient campaign, and is based on research from collaborating partners and participating cities.

To download this report, please click here or on the image below.

For further information about this report, please contact CUDRR+R and UNISDR.

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Climate Resilient Cities in Latin America Initiative Releases First Bulletin

The Climate Resilient Cities in Latin America Initiative (CRC) has released its first bulletin, featuring the project in Santa Ana, El Salvador with which CUDRR+R is involved. CUDRR+R’s partners in the CRC Initiative include IIED-Latin America and ALTERRA. The project is jointly funded by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), Canada’s International Development Research Center (IDRC), and Fundacion Futuro Latinoamericano (FFLA).

To read the bulletin (en español), click here.

Dr. Ebru Gencer Attends Global Platform for DRR 2017

CUDRR+R’s Executive Director, Dr. Ebru Gencer, both attended and presented at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico, which took place May 22-26, 2017.

Dr. Gencer presented at the Preparatory Day session, “DRR Governance at the Local Level.” The session was chaired by Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga of the University of Huddersfield, UK. She was also a workshop participant at the Capacity Development Consultation Seminar chaired by UNISDR GETI.

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Images: Dr. Gencer and colleagues at the Preparatory Day session, “DRR Governance at the Local Level”

Dr. Gencer furthermore participated as a speaker in “Promoting Land Use and Spatial Planning for Disaster Risk Reduction,” a working session chaired by Rolando Ocampo (Vice President, INEGI-Mexico and co-chair of United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM)) and Dan Lewis (Chief of Urban Risk Reduction, UN-HABITAT). To watch a video of the session, click here.

URBANET Interviews Dr. Ebru Gencer on Inclusive Cities

CUDRR+R’s Executive Director Dr. Ebru Gencer spoke with URBANET on inclusive cities, public spaces and the importance of community participation in disaster risk reduction.

“Community participation in planning is really important to increase safety in informal settlements for all types of hazards, whether it is a man-made hazard such as crime, robbery, or sexual violence, or whether it is a natural hazard,” she said. “The local governments need to give the public the opportunity to understand these issues, and involve them in the planning process and in the management of the areas they live in.”

Read the full interview here.

CUDRR+R and Partners Hold Workshop in Dosquebradas, Colombia

CUDRR+R, along with partner organizations IIED-Latin America and Alterra, recently completed a workshop focusing on adapting to climate change and promoting inclusive urban development in Dosquebradas, Colombia. On March 15-16th, 2017, CUDRR+R Executive Director Ebru Gencer joined partner organizations as well as participating representatives from the Technical University of Pereira and the Autonomous Regional Corporation of Risaralda (CARDER) to discuss the unique challenges to climate adaptation as well as assets within the community.

Read more about the workshop (en español) here.

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RESILIÉNT/CITY and CUDRR+R Announce Working Partnership

The Center for Urban Disaster Risk Reduction Resilience (CUDRR+R) and RESILIÉNT/CITY have entered into a partnership offering decades of experience to address the growing challenges of climate change, information gaps and capacity limitations in government, and rapid urbanization that are confronting cities.

“We are very excited to form a partnership with RESILIÉNT/CITY that has immense experience in risk-based governance,” states Ebru Gencer, Executive Director at CUDRR+R. “Through such a partnership, CUDRR+R will be able to identify capacity gaps in urban governance towards achieving its mission to reduce risks and increase resilience for sustainable urban development.”

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CUDRR+R Executive Director to Join Panel on Water Resilient Planning

Dr. Ebru Gencer, Executive Director of CUDRR+R, will participate in a panel discussion on February 17, 2017, as part of the Water Resilient Urban and Regional Development symposium.

The symposium will take place February 16-18, 2017, and is hosted by the University Alliance Ruhr in New York. The symposium’s focus will be on the role of water at the interface of urban and rural territories. Dr. Gencer will be one of several planning and research experts to participate in the three day event, during which participants will compare best practices of design and urban planning solutions implemented in both the United States and the Ruhr area of Germany, and identify future research opportunities.

To learn more about the public portion of this event or to register to attend, click here.


Executive Director Dr. Ebru Gencer Joins ISOCARP Institute Board

Dr. Ebru Gencer, Executive Director at CUDRR+R, has joined the Board of Directors at the newly established ISOCARP Institute Centre of Urban Excellence. The Institute was initiated as a “world class knowledge bank and think tank for planning excellence which empowers individuals, organizations and institutions to achieve better human settlements.”

The mission of the Institute is to “enrich the knowledge base and develop the capacity of individuals, organizations and institutions responsible for, or partaking in, the shaping and development of human settlements.” The primary objectives of the Institute include strengthening cross-border collaboration, upholding professional excellence in planning, advancing sustainable planning, sharing best practices, and increasing awareness of major development trends, all while serving as an “Urban Think Tank” to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge for the benefit of cities around the world.


For more information on the ISOCARP Institute Centre for Urban Excellence, click here. 

CUDRR+R Receives Research Grant for Work on Climate Resilient Cities in Latin America

CUDRR+R, along with partner organizations IIED-Latin America and Alterra, has won a grant from the Climate Resilient Cities in Latin America research call issued by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), Canada’s International Development Research Center (IDRC), and Fundacion Futuro Latinoamericano (FFLA-Ecuador).

CUDRR+R’s winning project proposal, A Participatory Decision-Making Approach Towards Climate-Resilient and Inclusive Urban Development in Latin America, was one six grant recipients in a field of over 200 participants in the research call.

The winning project focuses on developing and applying a practical, innovative and participatory methodology and toolbox to support climate-resilient, inclusive urban development in the rapidly growing cities of Latin America and strengthening the capacities of local stakeholders.


For more information:

Climate Resilient Cities in Latin America projects

CUDRR+R’s research projects