CUDRR+R’s Ebru Gencer and Wesley Rhodes have just published a new article titled “Toward Climate Resilient Development in the USA: From Federal to Local Level Initiatives and Practices since the 2000s,” as part of the publication Urban Disaster Resilience and Security (Springer 2017). You can access the document at https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-68606-6_4
The article explores the evolving concept of disaster risk management and climate resilience building in the United States of America (USA) within the last two decades. The chapter starts by examining federal-level actions towards disaster risk management and climate adaptation and resilience and then delves into local-level actions through the case studies of Nashville, Tennessee, and Hoboken, New Jersey. The chapter concludes with a discussion on the future of climate resilience in the USA. The chapter illustrates that the availability of multiple layers of government has been an effective safety guard against any individual layer’s potential unwillingness to undertake protective risk management or climate resilience building. At state and regional levels, where political will was lacking, federal-level support, particularly in the Obama era, and the initiatives of private foundations have been very valuable. Nowhere, though, have climate resilience building actions in the USA been proven more effective than at the city administrative level. As everywhere else, local-level governments in the USA are at the forefront of disasters and the impacts of climate change and try to take the initiatives of preparing their cities for protection.