Jacques Teller is an urbanist as well as an urban and environmental engineering professor at the University of Liège.
In the interview with Pilot4DEV, Professor Teller highlighted the gaps in urban planning and administrative assistance that failed to account for adequate disaster management during the floods that struck Liège and the surrounding cities - in July 2021.
Professor Teller also told us that effective communication and evacuation must be prioritized to deal with floods. Public authorities need to ensure that information is relayed to citizens promptly.
To plan resilient cities, a synergy of multi-stakeholders is needed. Expertise is important. Cities’ resilience and climate adaptation is the objective of the Climate Resilient and Inclusive Cities (CRIC) Project.
Pictures of Liège after the flood: