“We took a lot of time to design this with the community, it is a natural evolution of the work,” says Lina Liakou, GRCN MD for Europe and the Middle East (and ex-100RCs, where she held a similar role). She emphasises that it is ia city-led programme, so not the top-down model of 100RCs, with the steering group made up of two CROs from each region. During the preparation for the new network the CROs communicated on a regular basis, there were regional committees and working groups, and they took the time to look at other networks, to see what works and what does not. GRCN complements other global initiatives and networks, she adds, so too the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Liakou feels the decentralised approach is now appropriate as almost 80 of the 100RCs members have published their resilience strategies so are mostly implementing projects (Houston and London were the latest to publish their strategies, last week, with a few others scheduled to do so shortly).
GRCN needs to be impact-based, says Liakou, reflecting the fact that most cities are now in implementation mode. This means providing expertise, resources and working in partnerships around common issues, such as climate resilience, water systems, circular economies and infrastructure.