Low-risk cities are relatively less vulnerable to climate change, natural and industrial disasters, and economic shocks.
A resilient city is prepared to absorb and recover from any shock or stress while maintaining its essential functions, structures, and identity, adapting and thriving in the face of continual change. Examples of the changes cities face include natural and industrial disasters, environmental emergencies, economic shocks, climate change impacts, and drastic demographic changes. Building resilience requires identifying and assessing hazard risks, reducing vulnerability and exposure, and increasing resistance, adaptive capacity, and emergency preparedness.
ICLEI South Asia works towards increasing cities' urban resilience through local adaptation planning, the integration of climate science, policy and practice, the exchange of information among cities in the region and beyond, and the provision of tools, enabling cities to devise and implement resilience strategies that respond to their specific needs and identified vulnerabilities.