Urban Resilience

Urban resilience is the capability of cities to prevent or, where inevitable, minimise the impact of exceptional emergency situations and recover as quickly as possible.

Barcelona's urban resilience model is based on three pillars that correspond to the stages making up the cycle of ongoing improvement in creating resilience:

  • Managing incidents, through the operations centre for public space and co-ordination with the city's other control centres;
  • Analysing data, through the information management platform and resilience analysis;
  • Risk reduction, through resilience committees.


Barcelona, a European Resilience Hub

The UNDRR, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, has declared Barcelona a European Resilience Hub, under its Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030) campaign, because of its policies for taking on disaster and climate risk in the city.

Barcelona will be acting as a Resilience Hub for three years, during which time it will be committed to sharing its experience and knowledge with other cities for improving resilience to disasters.

Barcelona is already recognised as an international leader in promoting resilience and as a centre of global cooperation, offering help to other cities under the city-to-city cooperation programme and the collaboration agreement with the UNHabitat programme. The city is working here to support cities to broaden their resilience profiles and make progress in knowledge and self-assessments relating to vulnerabilities. It is also collaborating with other institutions such as the "100 Resilient Cities", promoted by the Rockefeller Foundation or the C40 City Network.


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