29 Sep 2017, NUS University Hall, Auditorium, Level 2, Lee Kong Chian Wing

SeCURE Symposium on Urban Resilience

On 29 September 2017, NUSDeltares, organized the SeCURE symposium on Urban Resilience. The aim of the symposium was to bring together researchers and policy makers to explore cross-disciplinary challenges and opportunities for research on urban resilience in Singapore and the South East Asian region.

The aim of the SeCURE Symposium was to bring together researchers, practitioners and policy makers to gain understanding of the key challenges and solutions of urban resilience by giving an overview of recent knowledge and tools development in the field of urban resilience in the South East Asian region.

Main outcomes

After a day of discussions with researchers and representatives of various Singapore government agencies and the industry, the following recommendations and conclusions were formulated:

  • Scientists need to be more involved in implementation of resilience measures, communication between scientists and decision makers is crucial;
  • Involvement of all stakeholders is a must and their buy-in has to be improved by using new collaborative approaches;
  • An integrated systems approach is to be followed to understand interactions and inter-dependencies between various urban systems and their vulnerabilities;
  • Past solutions cannot solve future problems. Today’s best practices only buy us time and need to be questioned constantly, constant innovation and finding new solutions is required; and
  • Solutions should not only aim for reduction of losses, but also enhancement of benefits, this will be the real value of increased resilience.
  • The increasing amount of big data needs to be tapped for rapid response and informed decision-making.
  • Quantitative optimization of urban resilience strategies and innovative financing mechanisms may allow for cost-effective investments for urban development.