Assessing the vulnerability of a territory to technological and natural hazards and exploring the different approaches for the improvement of its resilience and capacity to adapt to changes produced by future risks in the short and long-term.



In the last twenty years, the world has seen exponential growth in the wealth of nations and individuals, which ostensibly has resulted in a steadily increasing quality of life globally. During the same period of time, the world has seen increasing death and destruction as the result of natural disasters.

The United Nations state that at least 184 people die every day due to natural disasters, and approximately 3000 casualties occur following a natural disaster event. In 1960, approximately US $75 billion was spent for aid recovery. By the 1990s, that number had grown to over US $660 billion per year for recovery from natural disasters, and these numbers are known to be under-calculated.

The challenge faced by territories is to increase resilience against these disruptions in an integrated fashion, assessing the overall resilience and not simply addressing one type of risk. Urban planning, as deliberate action by a community on its territory, provides the means to act in favor of greater resilience.

1. The planetary challenge of climate change and the risk of natural « disasters ».
2. Territorial approach to resilience and climate change adaptation.
3. Methods and tools for resilience and urban adaptation.

To be effective, the measures taken must be based on: (i) the preliminary assessment of the adaptability of the territory concerned, and (ii) the identification of levers and obstacles influencing the adaptability of a territory and eventually its resilience.
Case Study:
• Diagnosing the resilience on the territory and its potential for adaptability (existing condition)
• Adaptability potential (resources not yet used): human, material, ….
• Territorial feedback: past flood events (Cannes, Magnan, Var), landslides, crisis management.

Learning outcomes

• Understanding the vulnerability of the city facing current and future risks (natural and technological disasters).
• Assessing the ability of an urban system to adapt to changes (long-term and short-term projections).
• Understanding how to improve the resilience of a city.
• Developing spatial decision-making tools for local adaptation policies.
• Competences related to city resilience management.

Learning approach

• Blended learning and use of ICT tools;
• Access to the Smart City Innovation Centre;
• Practical seminars using tools for impact simulation tools and stakeholder network coordination;
• Workshops with experts, Chief Resilience Officer (CRO), Resilience Program Coordinator.