Partnership Aims To Accelerate Shift To Resilient Infrastructure

9 Jul 2020 by Staff - Water Diplomat
CORVALLIS OR, United States

A new partnership between the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) and The Resilience Shift aims to boost global efforts to accelerate a shift to more resilient infrastructure. The alliance will build on the partners’ respective desires to develop mechanisms to advance resilience implementation and the level of understanding around water and resilience more broadly.

The new partnership, announced 1 July, follows previous efforts related to the roll out of the City Water Resilience Approach that embeds the principles and practices of urban water resilience management into global policymaking. The partners view this alliance as a new opportunity to “accelerate and amplify resilience policy, practice and learning across the water sector value chain, and where it interfaces with other sectors”.

John Matthews, Executive Director and co-founder of AGWA, said “The language of resilience has become the language of progress, momentum, and positive movement — perhaps even our zeitgeist. Elevating and formalising our relationship with The Resilience Shift was an easy decision, because it excels in this higher vision of how resilience can connect and organize sectors, institutions, and investments. And we believe water flows through the veins of the resilient body. AGWA is in a period of rapid transition and the issues that we’ve been working on for a long time are now of widespread interest. Through the conversations we’ve had with The Resilience Shift, now formalised in our Strategic Partnership, there is close alignment in what we see as the major new issues to tackle and engage on together. We are very excited by the opportunities created through this partnership".

Seth Schultz, Executive Director, The Resilience Shift, said "We are delighted to launch this partnership with AGWA and bring them on board as the first of our four Strategic Partners. Their expertise in the water sector, coupled with their global network of partners, enables us to focus on our primary role as the catalyst for resilience across the whole of infrastructure, acting as the ‘connective glue’ across and between all sectors and systems".