In this side event, we will hear how innovation and technology is supporting cities and vice-versa to address urban challenges, with a specific focus on data gathering and its effective application to reduce urban risks, build resilience and facilitate disaster recovery. We will explore how innovation is redefining and informing how we approach urban resilience programming throughout the process - assessments, planning, solutions, and advocacy. Case studies will be drawn from Asian cities with experience of using information and data gathered in innovative ways to foster DRR, including:
- Using a mobile application to allow citizens report problems and receive emergency alerts
- Community-led mapping of settlements and hazards, to develop disaster plans jointly with local government
- Using a mapping application to restore coastal ecosystems to foster nature-based solutions
- Other relevant Asian urban innovations including use of a board-game style planning tool.
The session will pose the following key questions for discussion:
- What are the innovative practices and models in the use of technology which are being applied to foster better resilience actions in an urban context?
- What are the drivers/enablers and barriers to promoting the use of technology in urban resilience programming in a way that influences urban planning and policies?
- How can we ensure that urban innovations in uses of technology are not exclusionary, and can contribute to inclusive urban resilience?