Arcadis and Rokefeller Foundation sign MoU
The consultancy and non-governmental organisation will join forces in a bid to help cities respond to the effects of mass urbanisation and climate change
Arcadis has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Rokefeller Foundation.
The Netherlands-headquartered consultancy said that the move will serve to improve cities’ long-term prospects as they respond to the effects of mass urbanisation and climate change.
Commenting on the MoU, John Batten, Arcadis's global cities director, said: “The stresses and shocks cities face are intense, varied, and can come about without notice. To be resilient, cities need to prepare for all scenarios, not simply react when they occur. Resiliency is becoming an ever-present topic, and by addressing it, cities can give themselves the edge when it comes to attracting investment and securing their natural and built assets.”
The MoU will see Arcadis and the Rockefeller Foundation’s ‘100 Resilient Cities Initiative’ partner to help selected city leaders better understand short- and long-term resiliency planning challenges. This will include a ‘resiliency roadmap’ designed to equip cities with the data necessary to significantly reduce risk.
“Our partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation is a major milestone for Arcadis,” explained Batten. “It marks a major step in Arcadis’s growing history as we look to help cities to be liveable, investable, adaptable, and competitive. The partnership expands our resiliency network and we are pleased to bring this experience and value to our clients.”