Greater Miami Area unveils urban resilience strategy

Communities across the Greater Miami Area in southern Florida have launched a collaborative urban resilience strategy that addresses issues such as sea level rise, mobility and affordable housing.

The Resilient305 Strategy is a collaboration between Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami and the City of Miami Beach, collectively known as Greater Miami & Beaches. Launched on 30 May, the strategy was developed over a three-year period with the support of the 100 Resilient Cities Network and the Miami Foundation, and it includes input from thousands of stakeholders collected through public meetings, surveys and focus groups.

The goal of the Resilient305 Strategy is to prepare the region’s communities and neighbourhoods against increasingly more frequent shocks, such as hurricanes and infrastructure failures, and to mitigate long-term stresses like sea level rise, traffic congestion and severe economic inequalities. The strategy contains 59 actions to address these different concerns.

“Resilience challenges rarely respect municipal boundaries, and Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami, and the City of Miami Beach have seen this first-hand. As a regional strategy for resilience, Resilient305 represents a unique and critical collaboration to prepare South Florida for major 21st-century challenges,” said 100 Resilient Cities president Michael Berkowitz.

His comments were echoed by City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, who called the strategy “a major milestone” for the city and region’s resilience efforts and said that it serves as a “model of collaboration for the region and the world”.

The Greater Miami & Beaches region consists of 34 municipalities and is home to 2.7 million residents who speak more than 60 languages and come from over 100 different countries.

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