EU-funded project helps make Central Asian cities safer and more sustainable – World

Almaty – Local governments in 9 Central Asian cities were initiated today into the global initiative Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030), which helps to access and prevent disasters and create safe and sustainable conditions for city ​​residents. The workshop was funded by the European Union (EU) and organized by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) as part of the Joint Project on Disaster Risk Reduction in Central Asia.

The current rate of urbanization is unprecedented, with around 60% of the world’s population expected to live in cities by 2030. At the same time, the frequency and intensity of disasters have increased dramatically in recent years, and if the trend continues, the number of disasters per year could increase from about 400 in 2015 to 560 per year by 2030. Cities are often on the front line when disasters occur. The impact of disasters on cities as centers of economic, political and cultural activity can have far-reaching consequences. The MCR2030 initiative aims to build local resilience and support municipalities in developing and implementing resilience strategies.

Workshop participants were introduced to the MCR2030 toolkit, including the Disaster Resilience Dashboard for Cities to assess resilience and develop local strategies for disaster risk reduction. They also learned about available risk information, including the INFORM sub-regional index for Central Asia, and how this data and information can support better planning and decision-making for improved disaster resilience.

As a next step, city administrations will be invited to join the MCR2030 initiative and use its instruments, network and partners to support their journey towards building disaster resilience.

Mr. Johannes Stenbaek-Madsen, Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Kazakhstan, said: “The EU Delegation to the Republic of Kazakhstan welcomes the concrete steps taken by Central Asian governments to establish national platforms, develop disaster management plans and risk reduction strategies, as well as jointly agreed measures to strengthen regional and international cooperation.

Mr. Abdurahim Muhidov, Regional Coordinator of the UNDRR Programme, underlined: “The theme of the resilience of cities refers to the residents and the infrastructure on which they rely: their homes, schools, workplaces, transport, communications, water, electricity , governance, safety and security, and many other areas. UNDRR encourages the inclusion of resilience elements in general development plans, to protect urban systems from hazards and to protect the environment from any damage that urbanized territories may cause.

Background information

The EU-funded project “Building Disaster Resilience and Accelerating the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Central Asia”, implemented by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), assists countries in the region to implement the priorities of the Sendai Framework. The project supports the strengthening of regional coordination, the development of a regional DRR strategy, national disaster loss accounting systems and disaster risk reduction at the community level. At the local level, the project supports the development of capital city disaster resilience strategies. For this project, the EU has committed EUR 3,750,000 for implementation over three years.

Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030) is a unique global multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at improving local resilience by making cities safer, preventing risk and promoting innovation and investment. Building on the Making Cities Resilient campaign that began in 2010, MCR2030 welcomes cities, local governments and any other party interested in helping cities thrive through advocacy, knowledge sharing and city-to-city networks. In Central Asia, the MCR2030 initiative engages with Central Asian capitals to help local governments reduce risk and advance a holistic and systemic approach to urban resilience.

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Abdurahim Muhidov, UNDRR Regional Program Coordinator, at: [email protected]

Delegation of the European Union to Kazakhstan, at the following address: [email protected]

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