6 months ago
By Joan Torres

How can cities’ resilience plans be resilient themselves? As the 100 Resilience Cities (100RCs) programme moves forward, so this question comes to the fore.

Those cities that were selected have either produced or are on the way to producing eloquent and comprehensive resilient plans. But as with any such documents, the theory has to be matched by reality. As 100RCs moves towards the delivery stage, so the heavy lifting begins and so the success or otherwise of this hugely ambitious scheme will be determined.

A backdrop of long-term austerity brings an additional level of complexity. If the public funding is not available, is the strategy worth the paper it is written on? The 100RCs participants themselves receive two years’ funding to create the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) position and other help, but what happens when this comes to an end?

Lina Liakou is one of those tasked with managing the implementation phase and building a robust financial proposition to support this.

She is in a good position to understand the challenges. She was deputy mayor for urban resilience and development planning in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city, from March 2016 to October 2017 where she was responsible for development and implementation of the city’s resilience strategy, “Thessaloniki 2030”. She is now regional director for Europe and the Middle East at 100RCs, so has a broader perspective of the challenges and next steps.