Surat Gets Ready for ‘Resilient Strategies’

The following is an excerpt from a piece that originally appeared in The Times of India on September 5, 2014. Click the link to read the full piece.

U.S.-based Rockefeller Foundation has started the process of building resilient strategies for the Diamond City, after it was selected among the 32 Resilient City (RC) of the world in December 2013.

In a first ever workshop held at a hotel here on Saturday, representatives of the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC), pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, descended on the Diamond City under the leadership of its president Michael Berkowitz.

The 100 RCs will help Surat in the appointment of a chief resilient officer and providing financial and logistical guidance in setting up the infrastructure to pin point model resilient strategies. It will also help the city in building up resilient strategies along with other cities of the world, identified by 100 RCs.

Michael Berkowitz said, “We have selected Surat as one of the top 32 cities of the world, for its integrated innovative local leadership. Diamond City’s experience of building resilience during the natural disasters like plague and floods is known world over. This city rose like a phoenix, which no other city in the world could have done.”

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