The RESCCUE project, Resilience to cope with Climate Change in Urban Areas, –a multisectorial approach focusing on water– aims to provide practical and innovative models and tools to end-users facing climate change challenges to build more resilient cities.

The project provides tools to assess urban resilience from a multisectorial approach, for current and future climate scenarios and including multiple hazards. This holistic approach to urban resilience will enable city managers and urban systems operators to decide the optimal investments to cope with future situations.

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Progress to date

In addition to the ongoing advocacy and dissemination work carried out through social media and official events, UN-Habitat team’s contribution to the RESCCUE project mainly focus on the two following work-streams:

Context profile: A preliminary urban analysis has been produced for Lisbon, Bristol and Barcelona, building on both desk-based research and a set of structured consultations with local partners. An advanced draft of the ‘State of Cities’ report resulting from this exercise was presented to the consortium in May 2017, and will provide the baseline of the several RESCCUE outputs in Lisbon, Bristol and Barcelona.

Resilience framework approach: The Framework builds upon some of the initiatives detected in the context analysis and proposes a comprehensive resilience-assessment instrument, with a focus on climate change and water systems. A final version will be completed in the earlier months of 2018 and tested in the three research sites with active support from UN-Habitat.