Local Level Resilience and Pandemic Risk
Participating cities and regions from across Europe shared experiences and good practices in response, recovery and resilience efforts at local and regional level to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, and addressed the need to strengthen the role of EU and global actions such as MCR2030 in supporting cities and regions with their response and recovery efforts. Critical aspects were highlighted: the need to empower residents to prevent risks and respond in case of crises and the importance of the ability to be flexible and adapt to changing situations. Discussions pointed to the need for both horizontal and vertical joint efforts across different sectors and levels of government and the importance of better governance and experience-sharing at all levels. The emergency situation also unlocked the potential of citizens and policy leaders and proved that resilience to disasters at local level would not be possible without the engagement of the volunteering community.
Take away message
Resilience is everyone's business. To increase resilience to future risks we need to rethink the approach to resilience strategies to better reflect pandemics and other systemic risks. Good cross-sector collaboration for disaster preparedness and risk reduction is key to enabling communities to face threats together and find common solutions to existing and future challenges. The EU also has a role to play in supporting local and regional actors with recovery efforts and in recreating more resilient systems.
"The COVID-19 crisis is everyone's business. It is also clear that local and regional governments are on the frontline of this crisis as they are for most disasters. The work of building resilience and reducing risks cannot proceed without them."
Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction