Resilience analysis for the City of Zurich

How resilient is the City of Zurich’s critical infrastructure? What would need to be done to make the city more resilient – in other words, better able to adapt to changes and respond to crises? Working together with city representatives, EBP is aiming to answer these questions.

Like other cities, the City of Zurich must provide vital services relating to security, energy supply, waste disposal, and public health even in times of crisis. To ascertain how to meet this obligation in the best way and to identify services that deserve special attention, we organized a series of workshops to encourage experts to share their views on a range of services relating to the following sectors: supply of drinking water, transportation, public safety, wastewater management, and waste disposal.

Exchange among experts reveals broad view of resilience

The discussions focused on the following questions:

  • How does each sector in question operate within the system as a whole in the City of Zurich?
  • What services qualify as vital services? What services must the City of Zurich be able to provide in each of the sectors in question, regardless of the circumstances?
  • What existing or future threats could undermine the city’s ability to operate within these sectors? Where is need for improvement?
  • To what extent might such current and future threats have an impact on the city’s resilience in the various sectors?
  • Are there any specific measures that would make the City of Zurich more resilient in the sectors in question today and going forward?

The animated discussions concerning the City of Zurich’s resilience gave even the most seasoned of experts occasion to reflect and broaden their lines of inquiry.

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In addition to organizing and moderating the workshops, we developed a resilience curve for each sector to illustrate current and target states. These illustrations serve as a basis for identifying measures that would help make the City of Zurich (even) more resilient.

Picture Credits: © Stadt Zürich

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