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Building Urban Resilience: Principles, Tools, and Practice

Published by: World Bank, 2013

Building Urban Resilience in East Asia is a World Bank program that aims to increase the resilience of cities to disasters and the impacts of climate change by using a risk-based approach to making public investment decisions. The objective is to demonstrate a scalable methodology and practical tools for risk assessment that can be used for city-level investment decisions. 

Taking into account future risks and uncertainties, resilience relies on redundancy. Cities facing difficult decisions about scarce resources and investments strive for efficiency. Financial approaches to urban disaster resilience should reduce the negative impacts of disasters on individuals and communities, the private sector and public entities.

The three major sections of this report are designed to give urban planners and practitioners an intuitive way to build elements of resilience into their urban governance and city planning.