Wellington, New Zealand Ranks No. 1 as the Most Prepared City for Climate Change

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The Economist Intelligence Unit Safe Cities Index 2021 report ranks New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, as the top city for environmental security.

The report covers 60 major cities globally and ranks them according to 76 indicators grouped into five overall pillars: Digital security, Health security, Infrastructure security, Personal security, and Environmental security. Environmental security.

Since 2015 the Economist Intelligence Unit releases a bi-annual Safe Cities Index report. For the first time this year, the report adds a new pillar. Environmental security is added as a new category as researchers acknowledge climate adaptations’ vital role in urban safety.

While past reports consider the effects of environmental issues across all pillars, the development of the current report makes it extremely clear that environmental indicators impact all the security pillars and therefore deserve independent consideration, according to the report.

Top 10 cities for Environmental Security:

  1. Wellington
  2. Toronto
  3. Washington, D.C.
  4. Bogota
  5. Milan
  6. Copenhagen
  7. Stockholm
  8. Rio de Janiero
  9. Zurich
  10. Kuala Lumpur

According to the Economist report:

“Environmental security considers how the city has incorporated sustainability parameters into its urban planning to reduce carbon emissions and manage climate risks. It takes account of policy inputs to improve the health of the natural and physical environment in urban areas, where many have witnessed severe deterioration in recent years. Input indicators in this domain look at the city’s sustainability master plan and market incentives for renewable energy sources. Output indicators include urban tree cover and the rate of water stress in cities.”

Wellington is also the 7th safest city in the world, ranks 9th in digital security, 41st in health, and 7th in Personal security.

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