Through our Resilient Belfast team and Belfast’s Commissioner for Resilience, Grainia Long, we have worked with partners across the city to identify the major risks to Belfast and have developed a draft strategy which examines what we must do as a collective to prepare for the future.
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Belfast’s draft Resilience Strategy proposes that we transition to an inclusive, low-carbon, climate resilient economy in a generation. This goal aims to ensure we deliver our Belfast Agenda priorities and are ready for the challenges ahead this century.
The draft Resilience Strategy is the first time that individuals and organisations across Belfast have worked together to identify the shocks and stresses which make Belfast more vulnerable, and which could threaten our economic, social or environmental future.
|Segregation and division
||Mental health and use of prescription drugs
||Flooding and extreme weather events
||Condition of existing NI Housing Executive stock
|Economic recovery capacity: inequality and competitiveness
||Dependency on fossil fuels and carbon intensive systems
|Prevalence of car use
||Governance and financing of risk
The strategy was produced in collaboration with a range of partners across the city, is informed by data and research and has been supported by our strategic partner, Arup-as part of Belfast’s membership of the Resilient Cities Network.
In response to the shocks and stresses listed above, the strategy identifies three areas of focus:
Within these areas of focus, a further 38 actions and programmes are recommended, for action by partners across the city.
The consultation closed on 17 June 2020.
During February and March 2020, we held nine neighbourhood workshops, five public drop in sessions and attended several public gatherings. Over 1,000 people shared their views – nearly a third were young people.
Global Resilient Cities Network
Belfast is a member of the Global Resilient Cities Network (link opens in new window). This is a city-led organisation driving urban resilience action to protect vulnerable communities and critical infrastructure.
As a member of this network, we are taking part in this year’s Creative Bureaucracy Festival (link opens in new window), the global forum for government innovation.
This year’s festival takes place from 28 September to 2 October. Find more information and register.