Resilience Case Study: Building economic resilience to water scarcity
  26/04/2019     News, Library, Document, water, GreenCape, Cape Town, green economy, Case Study, water for sustainable economic development, Resilience, 100 Resilient Cities, Resilient Cape Town

GreenCape, in conjunction with the City of Cape Town and 100 Resilient Cities, have published a series of case studies showcasing practical examples of resilience in action in Cape Town.

Resilience is the “capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses and systems within a city to survive, adapt and grow no matter what kind of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.” (100 Resilient Cities, 2019)

GreenCape have published a resilience case study looking at the threat of water scarcity to economic resilience, appropriately titled: Building economic resilience to water scarcity: Cape Town’s response to a severe drought.

In order to build resilience to droughts and minimise economic impacts, cities should work with and collaborate across the public and private sectors. 

The case study highlights key strategies to support economic resilience to drought and these include:

  • Experienced leadership & broad participation through partnerships;
  • Effective inter-government alignment for quick decision making;
  • Prioritisation to assist the most vulnerable businesses;
  • Frequent, transparent and evidence-based communication with the public;
  • Clarity on resilience strategies;
  • Well-considered messaging for international audiences.

To access the free case study, click on the link provided above (click the title).