UN Unveils Plans for World’s First Disaster-Resilient Floating City
UN starts its first ever discussion about the self-sufficient and sustainable floating city as a safe substitute for today’s living spaces
Have you ever dreamt of living in a floating city? A city with no glitches, which remains unaffected by all the magnitudes of climate change. All this sounds dreamy and wistful at the same time but what if someone tells you that this dream city could turn into a reality soon?
The United Nations seems interested in unveiling this exceptional concept of “floating cities”. The UN-Habitat, OCEANIX, and the Busan Metropolitan City in South Korea have come together to develop the world’s first self-sufficient, sustainable floating city. As claimed, the city would offer resilience against climate change disasters.
The obliteration caused by the climate crisis doesn’t seem to stop anytime soon, rather natural tragedies like floods and hurricanes are snowballing with time. Until we do not completely resolve the root cause associated with such disasters, an innovation like a floating city can really save the day.
A #FloatingCities is a city built on water and can withstand Natural disasters.
The United Nations just unveiled a concept for a floating city that can hold around 10,000 residents.https://t.co/H0LKpRjd6r#SDG11#LeavingNoOneBehind @MaimunahSharif @VictorKisob @WBG_Cities
— UN-Habitat (@UNHABITAT) April 4, 2019
This prototype city will be created using a series of hexagonal platforms. Buoyant limestone’s coating would be applied because it is self-repairable when exposed to an electric current through underwater minerals.
If the technology successfully helps to alleviate the risks then the creation could be re-built worldwide. Other than being climate-change resilient the city would be self-sufficient by producing its own food and water.
Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Maimunah Mohd Sharif said;
Sustainable floating cities are a part of the arsenal of climate adaptation strategies available to us, instead of fighting with water, let us learn to live in harmony with it. We look forward to developing nature-based solutions through the floating city concept, and Busan is the ideal choice to deploy the prototype.
Amina J Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General at the UN tweeted, appreciating the concept;
Cities should be built knowing that they will be on the frontlines of climate-related risks – from rising sea levels to storms. #FloatingCities can be part of our arsenal of tools. I am delighted that @UN & partners are working on solutions for a sustainable future. #GlobalGoals pic.twitter.com/KdIv9Oe4ro
— Amina J Mohammed (@AminaJMohammed) April 4, 2019
This dream city is on the verge of emerging as armor in our fight against the growing climate crisis.