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D2 - City resilience without standardization?

Session Description

Facilitator: René Lindner, Project Manager, DIN, German Institute for Standardization, Berlin, Germany


  • Aikaterini Poustourli, Project Officer, European Commission Directorate General Migration and Home Affairs Unit B4 Innovation and Industry for Security, Brussels, Belgium 
  • Alice de Palma, Project Coordinator – Cities, CDP Worldwide, London, UK
  • Holger Robrecht, Deputy Regional Director, ICLEI European Secretariat, Freiburg, Germany
  • Horst Kremers, Chair, CODATA-Germany, Berlin, Germany
  • Jacob Knudsen, Consultant, Resource Centre for Integration VIFIN, Vejle Municipality, Denmark

Organized by: Smart Mature Resilience (SMR) Project – DIN and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability

The session suggests a multi-disciplinary panel of experts that will investigate the identification, importance and need for promotion and use of standardization activities at city level and as a way to share experiences and to replicate best practices. One of the main triggers for this panel is the standardization activities within the ongoing HORIZON2020 project Smart Mature Resilience (SMR). Smart Mature Resilience is a multi-disciplinary research project working for more resilient cities in Europe. In the project, researchers and cities come together to enhance cities’ capacity to resist, absorb and recover from the hazardous effects of climate change. A Resilience Management Guideline and a set of practical tools are piloted in a core group of cities and shared with a wider group of cities, strengthening the nexus of Europe’s resilient cities. The guideline on resilience management will include policies and indicators supporting the resilience of cities and communities against climate, disaster and societal risks.

The development of resilience related standards is an important tool that is able to bring cities and their relevant stakeholders together, to share experiences and to replicate best practices. Thus one of the objectives of the project is the development of a European standard on resilience management, to create more resilient cities and communities in Europe and to fulfill the core goals of international agreements (SDGs, UNISDR) with regard to resilience to disasters, climate change and societal challenges. During the development of this standard related activities coming from the current standards developments like ISO/NP 37123 Sustainable Development in Communities -- Indicators for Resilient Cities, the UNISDR and other research projects inputs’ will be taken into account. The panel on the topic: “Drivers for the application of resilience standards” will take the opportunity to show the current and foreseen standardization activities within the SMR project and beyond. This includes the presentation of main resilience related standards, their usage or non-usage supported by an accompanying survey.