Deyang Unveils Its Comprehensive Urban Resilience Strategy

Created in conjunction with 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, the Resilience Strategy will help the city thrive in the face of seismic risk, a changing economy and environmental challenges

DEYANG, CHINA – Deyang today unveiled its Implementation Plan for its Urban Resilience Strategy, a comprehensive strategic roadmap to promote urban resilience.  True to the collaborative spirit in which the strategy and implementation plan were created, the plans were released to the public today at the 2019 EU-China Forum on Urban Scientific Research and Innovative Industry Development.  Resilient Deyang was developed in consultation with communities, the private sector, technical experts, international partners, the China Centre for Urban Development (CCUD) and the city government and proposes a concrete set of actions to build urban resilience in the city.

He Li, Mayor of Deyang, said: “Deyang joined the 100 Resilient Cities network in hopes of turning the tragic history of the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake into a point of strength in our resilience narrative.  This document lays out a vision for a safe and livable city for all residents under all circumstances and goes beyond seismic risk reduction.  Thanks to the holistic and collaborative process Deyang has undertaken to craft this strategy, our city is now a leader in the urban resilience field in China and is proud to set an example for this work in practice for our neighbors.”

Xu Guangyong, Vice Mayor & Chief Resilience Officer, said: “By understanding that the challenges our city faces are interconnected, we have been able to take a comprehensive and realistic look at what our future may hold.  Knowing the risks we may face allows us to strengthen our city overall for the challenges we know are on the horizon – like another earthquake – as well as the challenges we cannot predict in order to better control our destiny.  This strategy maps a vision for a brighter, healthier future for all our citizens and we are committed to bringing it to life.”

Amit Prothi, Associate Director, 100 Resilient Cities, said: “Deyang is a city that has truly understood what it means to be a member of a very active global network.  The city has made its urban resilience strategy a truly collaborative effort drawing on partnerships with the World Bank, CCUD, our Platform Partners and subject matter advisory network.  Deyang’s urban resilience work is just one of the ways the city has embraced change in order to learn from its past, adapt its planning processes and build back to a place of strength by connecting disaster management and economic development.   Deyang has been and will continue to be a significant living example and knowledge base for Urban Resilience — not simply bouncing back but growing stronger in the process.”

Resilient Deyang envisions a prosperous, eco-friendly, healthy and livable city and is organized around four pillars to realize its goals:

  • Promote industrial transformation and upgrading in environmentally depressed areas: this pillar focuses on transitioning Deyang away from economic dependence on phosphorous mining and rehabilitating areas damaged by previous mining activity to restore and protect Deyang’s natural environment while also creating economic opportunity for the city’s current and future residents
  • Improve Deyang’s relationship with water as both environmental asset and risk: this pillar seeks to improve reduce Deyang’s water usage, improve the city’s water quality and build capacity in water monitoring and environmental management systems.
  • Promote peri-urban and rural revitalization: this pillar seeks to build a collaborative working approach between Deyang and surrounding rural areas in order to better integrate regional development, cooperatively manage industrial development in the area surrounding the city, improve regional sewerage systems and create job opportunities for urban and rural talent
  • Improve Deyang’s capacity for seismic readiness and recovery: this pillar builds on Deyang’s experience with devastating seismic events in order to improve earthquake disaster risk reduction capacity, strengthen community preparedness and building codes and improve knowledge of Deyang’s seismic risk.

Resilient Deyang was produced in close collaboration with the China Center for Urban Development and the Sichuan College of Architectural Technology in order to draw on world class technical expertise in crafting a vision for Deyang’s future.  The city consulted over 500 stakeholders and partners in order to create a roadmap for a resilient future.  The city will continue to collaborate with partners both international and domestic to implement the Resilient Deyang strategy over a 10-year time horizon.

The full Resilient Deyang strategy is available here: www.100resilientcities.org/strategies/deyang

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About 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation

100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each member city who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a resilience strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges.  For more information, visit: www.100ResilientCities.org.