Eye on Community Sustainability & Resiliency
This initiative focuses on developing a framework for the collection and sharing of urban environmental and societal data, information and tools for medium-sized and large cities on various geographical scales – local, national and regional – so that consideration can be given early in the process of urban development or urban change to factors that affect vulnerability or that ensure resiliency. The framework provides a mechanism for sharing existing urban networks and databases as a way of reducing the effort and cost associated with data collection and as a stimulus for promoting information and tool sharing.
The Eye on Community Sustainability & Resiliency Special Initiative (SI) aims to:
- developing a framework for the collection and sharing of urban environmental and social data, information and tools for medium-sized and large cities at various geographic scales – local, regional, national- so that consideration can be given early in the process of urban development or urban change to factors that affect vulnerability or that ensure resilience.
- contribute to the development of urban professionals who can effectively use the data.
- promote information sharing not only along the North–South axis but also between the countries and cities of the South. The urban professionals in developing countries should share their experiences as they most likely have a lot in common.
The Community Sustainability & Resiliency SI Interdependencies with other Eye on Earth Special Initiatives:
Like many of the demand-side thematic applications, this SI will draw upon the findings and outputs of two of the Foundation SIs, adapted to the community sustainability and resiliency perspective.
- Global Network of Networks: This SI is defining a conceptual framework for societal information infrastructure.
- Eye on Environmental Education: The CSR SI includes the development of training modules and the actual training of urban professionals in the collection, analysis and use of environmental data. This links to the overall focus of the EoEE SI that is to enhance the capacity of individuals at various levels to effectively use environmental data and information.
It also will be coordinated with two of the other Thematic SIs:
- Eye on Disaster Management: This SI focuses on natural and man-made hazards and events that are closely associated with urban vulnerability.
- Eye on Water Security: This SI focuses on the Zambezi watershed as one of its pilot areas. There is the potential for geographic and topical overlap with the Lake Victoria pilot project.
The stakeholders of the initiative include:
Environment Abu Dhabi (EAD), Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Bank, Esri, Manila Observatory, US Department of State, AAG, Ecocity Builders, UN Habitat, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), Ushahidi, Siemens, Masdar, US Green Building Council, Environmental Information Systems (EIS) and Johns Hopkins University.
These institutions and individuals are all engaged on a regular basis through stakeholder calls as well as face to face meetings to discuss and move forward on common shared projects and issues within the initiative.
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