Let’s close the gap on resilient cities

    By re-thinking conditions for life in our cities, we can create liveable and resilient communities. Let’s co-create societies where people and nature flourish.

    Enabling conditions for life to thrive

    The world faces increased urbanisation and population rates. At the same time, most cities are unprepared for the consequences of climate change.

    By re-thinking conditions and actively designing for life to thrive, we can create resilient and liveable communities.

    To close the gap, we must adapt our cities to climate change, managing floods, droughts and heat waves. We must drive more sustainable mobility and enhance social cohesion, creating communities that are inclusive and caring.

    Let’s co-create liveable and resilient societies.

    : $7 trillion

    in economic benefits can be delivered globally by 2030 by adapting to climate change (GCA, 2019)

    Liveability challenges

    • : 4 in 5

      cities worldwide are currently at risk from extreme weather (CDP, 2022)

    • : 40%

      higher risk of depression is what people living in cities face compared to rural populations (UD/MH, 2010)

    • : 100 million

      people could be forced into extreme poverty by 2030 without equitable climate strategies (WBG, 2016)

    How can nature based solutions safeguard cities against flooding and heatwaves?

    How can we ensure society develops in a way that is fair, inclusive and socially cohesive?

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    • Preparing Paris for a warming world

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    • What makes a city liveable?

      More than half the world’s population dwells in urban areas today, rising to 6 billion people by 2041. Our liveability experts explain why nature, culture, and human welfare are all needed to make cities liveable. 

    A holistic approach to closing the gap

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    20 Fenchurch Street Building Facing Green Hedge Wall In London, UK

    How we close the resilient societies gap

    • Designing urban infrastructure to be resilient and liveable

      The huge transformation of Høje Taastrup C on the outskirts of Copenhagen demonstrates how we can create attractive and climate resilient urban areas. The big draw is a rainwater drainage system that doubles as the world’s longest skatepark.


    • Accommodating growth and liveability in Toronto

      Rapid population expansion is often detrimental to urban liveability. The new sustainable neighbourhood of Downsview in Toronto steps up to the challenge through a combined focus on people, place, and nature.


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    • Ramboll Foundation

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