EMI Chairman and Executive Director Dr. Fouad Bendimerad attended the High Level International Workshop on “Increasing the Resilience of Cities: What Can City Leaders Learn from International Experience” in Marseille-France on May 22-23, 2014.
This invitation-only high level workshop provided a venue for public and business leaders to help cities in MENA increase their resilience to a range of shocks through:
sharing the experiences and lessons learned from major cities and countries in the world that have similar risk exposure and have taken successful measures to enhance their resilience;
enabling MENA leaders to share the challenges and opportunities they face in enhancing their cities’ resilience;
discussing ways to operationalize the recommendations of recent studies and to replicate this type of approach in other cities ; and
discussing ways to involve the private sector in the definition, the funding and the implementation of new solutions/technologies to address/reduce risks in cities.
Dr. Bendimerad participated in a panel where he presented an overview of Urban Resilience Master Planning as a enabling approach for investing in urban resilience.
The Workshop is co-organized by the World Bank, the Arab Urban Development Institute, and the Center for Mediterranean Integration.