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Costa Rica's cities resilient plan begins

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Published on Tuesday, March 5, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff and wire services

The cities of CurridabatHeredia, and San Josť have begun with their plans incorporating elements of disaster risk reduction and climate resilience, with a special focus on the inclusion of persons with disabilities. 

This progress was achieved through the utilization of the Scorecard self-assessment tools provided by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).

Beginning in February, workshops centered on climate resilience and the integration of persons with disabilities into urban planning were conducted at the Omar Dengo Cultural Centre in Heredia

The inaugural day witnessed a hybrid format, with approximately 35 attendees in physical attendance and 10 participating virtually. "Among the participants were decision-makers, resilience specialists, climate action advocates, disaster risk reduction specialists, and representatives from various cantons," said UNDRR in its statement.

The sessions on Making Cities Resilient Plant were led by Carlos Picado-Rojas, the head of the Strategic Development Unit at the National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Response (CNE), along with officials at the Costa Rican Institute for Municipal Development and Advisory Services (IFAM).

The plan's goal is to implement the inclusion of persons with disabilities in disaster risk reduction, as well as integrate specific indicators into city development, resilience and climate action plans.

This series of workshops on Making Cities Resilient Plan was sponsored by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). 

According to UNDRR, the Making Cities Resilient 2030 plan (MCR2030) is an initiative for improving local resilience through advocacy, sharing knowledge and experiences, establishing mutually reinforcing city-to-city learning networks, injecting technical expertise, connecting multiple layers of government and building partnerships.

The plan's goal is to support cities on their journey to reduce risk, sustainable development, well-being and inclusive growth.

MCR2030 aims to ensure cities become inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable by 2030 as part of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Agreement on the New Urban Agenda of the United Nations, officers added.

Officials anticipate that this year will see the participation of all municipalities in the initiative.

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