Built on permafrost and with temperatures in winter dropping below 50 degrees, the city of Yakutsk is one of the harshest climates in Russia to sustain human life. Faced with numerous hazards owing to the climate, the city of Yakutsk is engaging with UN-Habitat City Resilience Programme (CRPP) to increase the capacity of its people and systems to survive extreme events, adapt and even prosper, regardless of the acute shocks they may experience.
CRPP’s cooperation with Yakutsk focuses on the local implementation of its City Resilience Profiling Tool. This tool measures multiple aspects of the urban system and maps them against all possible hazards, showing each city how to address its specific risks, as well as how to build-in resilience strategies. The result is a unique Resilience Action Plan.
As part of this process, delegates from Yakutsk visited the UN-Habitat City Resilience Profiling Programme (CRPP) office in Sant Pau in April for training on implementation. The week-long mission allowed for engagement with local stakeholders, including the Barcelona City Council, which also supports the programme as partner. During the meeting, municipal authorities explained Barcelona’s experience in preparing a Resilience Action Plan in collaboration with CRPP, sharing results from data collection and other practical knowledge.
In July, CRPP staff will travel to Yakutsk to continue the training on site.