Critical Characteristics Of Urban Resilience

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Introduction Hong Kong has been facing a growing number of adversities and challenges for the past few decades. Characterized by high population density, Hong Kong is more susceptible to multiple large-scale natural disasters and health crises ranging from typhoons to fires to infectious diseases invasion. Whenever any of the subsystems of Hong Kong are destroyed or fail to adapt to these new challenges, fatal crisis or even destruction will strike. Urban resilience is the ability that helps Hong Kong adapt and transform in the face of these chronic stresses and acute shocks, assisting the city to prepare both the expected and also the unexpected. Disasters like the recent Ebola outbreak and 2003 SARS outbreaks in Hong Kong are not only the…show more content…
This paper will examine the critical characteristics of urban resilience and propose some actionable initiatives that could be adopted to improve urban resilience to face infectious diseases outbreak in Hong Kong. Literature Review Resilience is a term that emerged from the field of ecology in the 19th century to describe the capability of a system to retain or regain its functionality in disruptive events (Folke, 2006). The term resilience can be applied to a city as cities are complex systems that require consistent adaptation to the constantly changing and uncertain circumstances. Urban resilience describes the ability of an urban area to function and provide essential services so that the…show more content…
All stakeholders are involved to create plans and to ensure that the interests of all social groups are taken into consideration. Coordination between departments and organizations enables the use of existing knowledge and data across the city to better understand current and future vulnerabilities. Urban planning and development ensures a holistic and long-term approach to urban growth, taking potential shocks and stresses into account and encouraging proactive mitigation measures. Multiple strategies are in place to ensure that primary goals can be achieved in the face of different adversities and challenges. In addition, residents of the city, including the vulnerable and the poor, are given fair access to basic service. Supportive structures such as safety net programs target all vulnerable people of the society and deliver their services effectively under any scenario. All residents have sufficient capacity to deal with and bounce back from stresses and shocks. For the disaster risk management system, it combines a well-functioning and inclusive disaster preparedness and emergency response mechanism with effective disaster prevention infrastructure. Such mechanism is based on an integrated citywide risk assessment and is developed to prepare for and recover from expected

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