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World Bank Resilient City, Ningbo

A programme to guide the Ningbo government to build local capacity against climate change.

The World Bank’s Climate Resilient Cities programme invests heavily in guiding local governments to better understand and prepare for the consequences of climate change and other urban vulnerabilities. Ningbo was selected as the pilot city for the East Asia and Pacific region.

During the 12-month project, Arup worked closely with the World Bank and various stakeholders in Ningbo to identify current and future spatial hot spots, define climate change scenarios, assess related policies and programmes, conduct a gap analysis and build local capacity.

Project Summary

12month project to formulate a local resilient action plan

70+win-win recommendations were developed

Local implentation

We also led workshops, site visits and dialogue discussions with the city government to understand and set priorities based on city goals, costs, complexity and time frame.

The 'living document'

Through this collaborative manner, we developed specific recommendations culminated into a local resilient action plan. The plan presents a matrix of actions and tools that allows the city to prepare for and proactively respond to climatic and other natural hazards so as to reduce its vulnerability. It aims to be a ‘living document’ where the city takes ownership and can update the plans with changing policies or new information.

The new urban resilience methodology we developed for this project will be widely applicable to other Chinese cities and cities for the Climate Resilient Cities programme.