The Urban Resilience Strategy of Toyama

Source: 100 Resilient Cities.

“Urban Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience. Improving the individual systems that make up a city will increase the resilience of the city overall. Resilient systems withstand, respond to, and adapt more readily to shocks and stresses to emerge stronger after tough times, and live better in good times.” PRIMO: It is a way of thinking and public governance, derived from holistic principles, and from these perspective one of highest forms of public risk management. In this article an example for inspiration and an outline of crucial aspects of resilience. The City of Toyama unveils comprehensive urban resilience strategy.

“Extending from the Sea of Japan to the crest of the Northern Japan Alps, Toyama is a thriving high tech city surrounded by and infused with nature.

Present day Toyama was created from the remarkably successful merger of 7 former municipalities with urban, suburban and rural populations. Deeply embedded in the city and citizens’ identity is both a deep, Japanese sense of nature’s sacredness and the centrality of agricultural and rural lands. Regarding the latter, our understanding of the importance of a robust relationship between rural and urban especially benefited from discussions with Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director of the World Bank’s Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice. With an ancient cultural and artistic heritage and deep interpersonal and community bonds, Toyama Vision 2050 emphasizes “Community, Nature and Innovation for the Future” and the critical balance of essential elements which must be maintained to nurture an enduring and resilient Toyama.

The Toyama vision is to be a vibrant city of innovation and a tourism gateway, a model of resilience and environment friendly living, where strong community bonds help citizens flourish, and the high quality of an active lifestyle for all its residents achieves a harmonious balance between traditional arts and modern technology and between economic prosperity and the inspiring natural surroundings of the pristine Northern Japan Alps.” >>

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