Resurgence is part of a winning consortium led by JBA Consulting that has been appointed to the World Bank’s first ever framework for flood risk related services. The consortium also includes Landell Mills and Paul Sayers and Partners.
The three year framework will provide specialist technical assistance to the City Resilience Program (CRP), a partnership between the World Bank and Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), with support from the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance.
The CRP aims to equip cities with the risk knowledge and capacity needed to plan for and mitigate the adverse impacts of flooding and climate change. This promotes resilience, enabling lives to be saved, impacts to the reduced, and economic and social potential to be unlocked.
The Framework Agreement supports this ambition by delivering best-in-class urban flood hazard modelling, risk assessments, and investment and planning guidance. In particular, it will have a focus on how the resilience of cities can be achieved in sustainable ways that work with nature and in ways that empower local governments and agencies through capacity building and training.
“By 2030, Climate change could push 77 million urban people into poverty due to extreme weather of floods and hurricanes”. Source: City Resilience Program, Annual Report 2020
JBA’s Director for International Development, Dr Mark Lawless, said: “We are delighted and proud to be appointed to this world-first framework for the World Bank, with such a strong team of associates. Half of the world’s population now lives in cities, and these cities hold huge potential to alleviate poverty and generate wealth, creating prosperity for all. Cities in the developing world are also expanding rapidly, at a time when they are under increasing threat from natural disasters and climate change.”
Mark Harvey, CEO Resurgence added, “We are very pleased to be working with JBA and our consortium partners to bring our particular expertise in community focused flood early warning design and inclusive early flood action to make those cities stronger, more sustainable and more resilient to climate change.”
Finally, in the City Resilience Program Annual Report 2020, Sameh Wahba, Global Director, Urban Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice at The World Bank Group, is quoted as saying, “Much as the future of cities depends on their adaptability to changing environments, the continued success of CRP rests on our versatility in responding to shifting clients’ needs and expectations. The world needs resilient cities to achieve sustainable development and reduce poverty.”
All Photo and Image credits: City Resilience Program, Annual Report 2020