The Hague’s Resilience Story
Known as the international city of peace and justice, The Hague has built a strong reputation as the home to key international organizations, including the International Criminal Court. The city’s long-term resilience depends on cybersecurity, and The Hague has explicitly focused on security innovations and the development of resilience in the face of cyber-attacks. However, continuous technological development requires the city and its partners to continue to strengthen security and monitor for vulnerabilities in its digital infrastructure.
The Hague’s Resilience Challenge
Strengthening cyber security and confronting rising sea levels are essential to long term resilience in the home of Holland’s government.
The Hague’s coastal location below sea level also provides a challenge to the city’s future resilience. Although the city has centuries of experience confronting water management challenges, climate change and the resulting rise in sea levels has led the city to develop innovative solutions to its ongoing water management concerns. The Hague has recently installed a large artificial sand bank which waves and wind will naturally spread along the coast, resulting in enhanced coastal protection and new natural and recreational areas.
The Hague is an active participant in the 100 Resilient Cities network. 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) is dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC supports the adoption and incorporation of a view of resilience that includes not just the shocks—earthquakes, fires, floods, etc.—but also the stresses that weaken the fabric of a city on a day to day or cyclical basis