The Role and Challenges of Local Governments in Achieving the Resilience of Critical Infrastructure

The availability of robust and resilient infrastructure influences the sustainable and resilient development of cities and territories. This paper, jointly written by CUDRR+R’s Ebru Gencer, UNDRR’s Abhilash Panda, and University of Huddersfield’s Dilanthi Amaratunga, examined the role of local governments in addressing resilience of critical infrastructure and the barriers that they face in doing that. It positions the concept of resilient infrastructure within the context of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030 (SFDRR), and its localization through the Making Cities Resilient Campaign. The paper examines some of the barriers and challenges in updating and/or building resilient infrastructure at the local level. You can access the full paper at