ATHENS – Resilience Strategy for 2030

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Challenge

Developing a Resilience Strategy for the City of Athens to face the physical, social, and economic challenges that are becoming more frequent in the twenty-first century. The Resilience Strategy had to include a number of new, integrated methods for preparing and protecting the most vulnerable citizens from future shocks and stressors.

Solution

In 2014 the city of Athens was selected to be part of 100 resilient cities network (100RC).

The city has engaged in an intense and active process to develop and implement a strategy as comprehensive, integrated and realistic as possible, to support and increase the city’s resilience for the coming decades.

The city of Athens involved 130 Athenians who managed to establish the agenda for achieving the Resilience Strategy.

In 2016, the city began its efforts to strengthen resilience by:

  • establishing the Office of Resilience and Sustainability (ORS) which became part of the new organisational structure of the municipality that gained official status (Official Gazette no. 3812/B’/28-11- 2016) as part of the City Hall
  • develop a plan to involve all the stakeholders
  • interviewing Athenians, from experts, artists and community leaders to industrialists, homeless migrants and women, asking their thoughts about what makes the city more resilient and how they imagined a Resilient Athens in 2030.
  • creating a long list of projects and programs planned or implemented in Athens.

For establishing the main themes of resilience for Athens there were selected 5 exploration zones and were consulted by a wide range of people, including experts, representatives of local, regional and central government, city district leaders and other civil society and community ambassadors, platform partners and the strategy partner actively participated in the process.

Through analyses, research, interviews, working group meetings, workshops and conferences, the experts examined the specific opportunities and challenges and outlined the vision for a resilient Athens: an Open, Green, Proactive and Vibrant city.

Resilient Athens also initiated and co-hosted international meetings with other cities,  international and local experts worked together trying to better understand the challenges facing the city while seeking resilient solutions. The meeting were based on the following themes: migration (100RC), climate change (C40 Cities) social fairness (Bertelsmann Foundation), energy savings and energy poverty, heat waves and the effects of urban heat islands, the greening of the city, the assets and risks of Athens, women entrepreneurs, migration and integration, best practices for social cohesion and coexistence, urban branding and collaborations in the public-private sector, urban planning and sustainable mobility, waste management and city cleaning etc.

The Steering Board for Resilience has played a crucial role as an expert oversight body and is an interdisciplinary cohort of high-level stakeholders from various government, academic and non-profit institutions covering a wide range of expertise. The committee consists of 18 members and is headed by the mayor of Athens. Their main objective is to provide interdisciplinary contributions and guidance on the content of the Athens resilience strategy as it develops, on its integration into the city’s operations, implementation and funding.

Please find the Athens Resilience Strategy here:  https://resilientcitiesnetwork.org/downloadable_resources/Network/Athens-Resilience-Strategy-English.pdf

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