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In every crisis there is an opportunity to increase resilience. We want to map the ways in which this crisis will increase resilience for you and your community... and help make the world better for all.

En cada crisis hay una oportunidad de ser más resilientes. Queremos rastrear las maneras en que esta crisis te hará más resiliente a ti y a tu comunidad... y ayudar a hacer el mundo mejor para todos.

Lors de chaque crise, il y a une opportunité d’augmenter la résilience. Nous avons lancé un recensement pour montrer les manières dans lesquelles cette crise pourra augmenter la résilience pour vous et votre communauté… et rendre notre monde meilleur pour tous.

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Resilience tracker
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In every crisis there is an opportunity to increase resilience. We want to map the ways in which this crisis will increase resilience for you and your community... and help make the world better for all.

En cada crisis hay una oportunidad de ser más resilientes. Queremos rastrear las maneras en que esta crisis te hará más resiliente a ti y a tu comunidad... y ayudar a hacer el mundo mejor para todos.

Lors de chaque crise, il y a une opportunité d’augmenter la résilience. Nous avons lancé un recensement pour montrer les manières dans lesquelles cette crise pourra augmenter la résilience pour vous et votre communauté… et rendre notre monde meilleur pour tous.

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STORIES IN HISTORIAS EN TÉMOIGNAGES DE

Gemma
GEMMA
Operations and Cities Communication Officer

Terrassa’s local government is working on 4 lines of action. First of all, is acting and implementing actions to support the healthcare system, enabling hotels as hospitals but also as spaces for health personnel; secondly, is acting to minimize the economic impact by postponing some taxes, reducing the water rate during the second quarter and temporarily abolishing the payment for street parking; It is also acting on a social level, offering a great cultural and social offer available to residents, and last but not least, has finally launched a campaign against gender-based violence specific to this period.

I have been very positively surprised by some aspects that show the resilience of the city and its residents, such as the capacity for cooperation and rapid response to the same threat (COVID-19) where companies associate to develop products, volunteers who offer their experience of altruistic way

As a family initiative we have created some challenges, the smallest nieces began, creating short videos with challenges, imitations, etc ... and the rest of the families respond by creating a new video along the same lines.

Craig Laird
CRAIG
Communications Specialist

In Barcelona, the local government is working with an exhibition space provider to house homeless people. It seems that they have been able to find a solution to a long-term solution in rapid time. I hope the city will be able to maintain the level of efficiency after the crisis and realise that we are only as resilient as our most vulnerable citizens.

Rosa Surinach
ROSA
Partnerships, Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator

Tell us about something positive or innovative that you / your family /community is doing to be resilient in light of the current COVID-19 crisis?

This crisis is not only for adults; children is one of the most affected group of population. Their schools are closed without knowing when in the future will be open. During confinement, children is the only segment not allowed to go out on the streets, as they can’t get out for shopping or other primary needs. In cities, like in Barcelona, most of them live in apartments with very poor outer spaces (with small balconies the luckiest ones) and small rooms that makes impossible a proper psychomotor activity (very needed in childhood!).

Children—together with health workers, of course—are the champions of this crisis. They’re the best example of what resilience means

At home, with my 3 years old daughter, we arrange weekly teleconferences with her classmates (so funny!) and we share daily videos on what they do (handicrafts, cooking, songs, etc). It’s their way of being connected ☺ as we, as adults, do with friends, family and colleagues.

What is your city doing to react, and how is this effecting you as a citizen?

One of the most disturbing points of confinement is the increase of gender-based violence. Victim and aggressor spend 24h in a same space, which makes it easier to increase the level of violence and risk of relapse. In order to provide support to victims in this rare current situation, local, regional and national government launched awareness campaigns to involve the entire community in reporting abuses and violence. We, as neighbours, pharmacies and grocery stores are called to keep an eye of what is happening around us for not leaving any victim alone in the nightmare. New phone lines have been put in place for those who need support, and services related to gender-violence have been strengthened. #youarenotalone

What long-term positive change will this crisis bring for you / your family / community / company / city?

I am convinced that a new chapter is coming, with so many changes in the way we were used to live. But, above all, I hope this crisis will serve to strongly invest in public health services and, globally, to reach the universal public health for all. Please, let’s create a new world with more Health and Love for all.

Amaia
AMAIA
Normative and Operations Coordinator

In Barcelona, the Local Government is preserving and guaranteeing the operation’s continuity for essential activities while thinking and designing already the Recovery Plan. Meanwhile, a campaign called Barcelona from home has been launched: Covid-19 care, mutual support and culture from home. It is an umbrella for all the initiatives and proposals in different districts and neighborhoods all over, to be gathered and shared.

We have countless worthy citizens’ initiatives, one of them is the @Covidartmuseum. Three publicists from the city have decided to create a virtual gallery on Instagram to show works of art in quarantine.

At home, it has been fun to see how the kids are now the grandparent’s teachers in technology so as to get all of us together in the screen, sharing the day’s activities and giving virtual hugs till this crisis ends and we can meet in person and touch each other. Hugs, at the end of the day is what we, that are in good health, miss the most.

Esteban
ESTEBAN
Head of the City Resilience Profiling Programme

Tell us about something positive or innovative that you / your family /community is doing to be resilient in light of the current COVID-19 crisis?

Enjoying the small details in life. Each meal, each conversation, each single time to have a chat with the family or friends. Maximizing food and reducing waste. Listening at music, reading, enjoying work. Getting loads of great jokes from friends all over the world and taking the time to return messages and connect with people from the past that are very much in the present nowadays.

What is your city doing to react, and how is this effecting you as a citizen?

We are in complete locked down 24/7. It's fantastic! No cars around. No flights. Just a blue sky and sunny days. Lucky to have a place to cook outside and enjoy the sound of no machines around.

What long-term positive change will this crisis bring for you / your family / community / company / city?

I think everybody will be more conscious and appreciative of the small things in life that we all can/could enjoy and, many times, we don't and give little value. To be able to sit with a friend, family, colleague or any person and just have a chat without any worries. No need for lots of money to just have a good laugh among family, friends or colleagues. We'll all make the time in future I think/I hope.

Walker
WALKER
Urban Resilience Specialist

Tell us about something positive or innovative that you / your family /community is doing to be resilient in light of the current COVID-19 crisis?

As someone living abroad, I have always struggled at times with being so far from family and close friends. One positive development during the current crisis has been having the opportunity, or perhaps excuse, to (virtually) see and speak to so many people who are important to me. I am also quite thankful for the time I have been able to spend with my 8-month old daughter. While getting work done has been challenging, looking back, I think I will be thankful for being so present.

What is your city doing to react, and how is this effecting you as a citizen?

Barcelona has be under strict stay-at-home orders since mid-March, with only essential business open, resulting in very few people out on the streets. While the healthcare system here has been inundated with cases, the rest of the city maintains an eerie calm. Very few cars and motorcycles has meant the usual noisy city blocks are quiet aside from the occasional delivery truck or taxi.

What long-term positive change will this crisis bring for you / your family / community / company / city?

A constant topic of conversation in our house is where and how we want to live we once again have some choice in the matter. Being so removed from the natural world has been especially challenging for me and my partner during this period. Whether or not we decide to move to a desolate forest somewhere, this time has certainly given us much to think about regarding what it is we truly value in our lives.

Ian
IAN

One thing my family and I have done in reaction to this crisis is really trying to be present and appreciative of the beauty that exists around us. For me, I’ve been really appreciative of the little bits of nature appearing in our dense urban environment. With little traffic and significantly less noise pollution, it’s been a pleasure to watch the birds, butterflies and insects reclaim and repopulate the empty streets, terraces, and rooftops.

OLIVIA
CRPP Focal Point in Port Vila, Vanuatu

In addition to the Coronavirus crisis, Port Vila is set to face a hurricane. Given that all international support is focussing on COVID, this additional crisis will be a test of our own ability to deal with the crisis. I hope that we pass this test and feel empowered by the ability of pacific islanders to deal with pacific island crises.

GABRIELA

Teresina started an early response to the Covid-19. As a citizen, I felt relieved as acting earlier is crucial to improve the safety of my family. After the emergence of the first case, measures of social distance were gradually being implemented. At the moment, the city is under quarantine, in order to reduce the spread of the virus and increase the time needed for the preparation of the city. The health network is being reorganized, field hospitals are being set up, and additional equipment has been purchased. For families without income, the national government approved the payment of an emergency minimum income. In addition, the municipality distributed food baskets to 100,000 families. One of the city's main challenge is to deliver better access to regular water supply in informal settlements.

I am optimistic that this crisis will value and enhance people's communication and improve human relationships, as well between us and nature. I also believe that cooperation efforts for recovery will be strengthened, both at the local (family and community) and global levels.

Camille
CAMILLE

Tell us about something positive or innovative that you / your family /community is doing to be resilient in light of the current COVID-19 crisis?

One positive thing that is happening with the crisis is that everyone has more time to connect with their dear ones, spending more time speaking with family and friends through videocalls. Even when I was living abroad, before the crisis, I didn't feel as open to do it as I am now.

What is your city doing to react, and how is this effecting you as a citizen?

In Brazil, we have a big issue that the national government isn’t taking the COVID-19 crisis as seriously as it should. However, many local governments are taking the responsibility to implement social distancing policies themselves. In my city, Porto Alegre, the mayor has promoted many restrictions, limiting services, closing non-essential businesses and strongly publicizing the importance of social distancing and preventive measures. Since we still don’t have many cases, while many people are following the recommendations, many others don’t understand the gravity of the problem and are starting to doubt the need of this level of restrictions. People are also not forbidden to go outside, what is now creating an undesired movement and grouping of people in green spaces. Aside from the distancing from friends, family and any sort of social gatherings, I've still been able to work remotely and find any goods I've needed either through delivery services or shops that were still allowed to open.

What long-term positive change will this crisis bring for you / your family / community / company / city?

I believe this crisis brings the opportunity to rethink the way we distribute the urban land and what are our priorities in this topic. With the pandemia, many issues that were already critical, as the general living conditions in informal settlements, now are in evidence with the impact of COVID in these territories, where the spread of the virus is potentialized by the high density and the lack of access to basic infrastructure, like water.

However, I am glad to see how many community supporting networks have been quickly assembled to help people who are and will be most vulnerable to many facets of this crises. This makes me believe that we can think of long-term initiatives to support these communities.

Luisana
LUISANA
Diseñadora y Programadora Web

Hay un fuerte compromiso en la ciudad por colaborar en el cuidado de todos y todas. Creo que esta situación nos ha hecho personas más empáticas y consideradas con la comunidad. En ese sentido, en la ciudad se creó una Red de Cuarentena Solidaria, que es una campaña que busca conectar a quienes están en casa con los locales que siguen abiertos, para hacerles llegar de forma segura donaciones que puedan repartir a las personas que están en situación de calle.

Por otra parte, en mi caso mi rutina no ha cambiado demasiado, pues hace varios años que trabajo remotamente, pero sí me di cuenta de lo necesaria que es la interacción social cuando pasas tanto tiempo en casa, quizás antes no lo valoraba tanto y me costaba mucho salir de casa, pero ahora al no poder extraño mis clases de cocina, el gimnasio y cotidianidades como andar en bicicleta o visitar a mis amigos y que me visiten.

Valoro el hecho de que ahora soy más consciente y cuidadosa con mis compras; trato de utilizar lo que sea que tenga disponible antes de salir a la verdulería, las tienditas del barrio o supermercados… y creo que es un hábito que permanecerá conmigo cuando todo esto pase.

Me siento optimista porque seguramente esto de estar más atenta a los recursos que tengo y pensar distintas maneras de aprovecharlos al máximo, le pasa a mucha gente.

Francisco
FRANCISCO
Graphic Designer

Quarantine in Buenos Aires began four weeks ago. The local government has taken quick measures since the first cases of the virus were diagnosed to prevent the collapse of the health system before reaching the infection peak.

Fortunately, the days in confinement were not difficult for me, as I am used to working from home. Sometimes I can be very anxious about not knowing what the future will be after the crisis. This situation is new for everyone, and we can feel scared, but at the same time, it has been an opportunity to create neighborhood support networks.

Lockdown affects economically many of us, so policies and projects have been created to support most vulnerable sectors of society, postponing taxes and rent payment, also offering small business loans. New collective proposals have also been created to raise funds and support the most affected minorities such as homeless people, informal workers, immigrants, sex workers and more.

The crisis has made us recognize our fragility as a society. I hope together we can face and reflect on the changes we can make. We are all resilient, and we will find ways to move forward, but it would be interesting if what we know as normality begins to change from now on.

Lamine
LAMINE
CRPP Focal Point in Dakar, Senegal

En ce moment, ma famille est confinée à Paris. Ici, à Dakar, on est en confinement partiel (de 20h à 6h). Durant cette période, je lis beaucoup et je joue aux échecs en ligne. Comme j'ai une grande terasse, j'en profite pour faire du sport ou profiter de la réduction de la pollution pour admirer le ciel étoilé.

La Ville de Dakar déploie beaucoup de moyens pour aider les personnes les plus vulnérables (distribution de vivres principalement) qui n'ont plus accès à certaines ressources pendant cette période. Il y a aussi beaucoup de campagnes de sensibilisation au lavage des mains et à l'appropriation des gestes barrières.

Certainement une plus grande conscience de la fragilité de ce qu'on considère comme étant des "acquis". Je pense aussi qu'il y aura des effets positifs sur les changements de comportement des Dakarois, notamment à l'égard de la propreté et de l'amélioration de leur cadre de vie.

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