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10. Crisis management and resilience

In its security policy, the Brussels Region intends to develop the concept of resilience as a fundamental principle with a view to maintaining an inclusive, open society rooted in the richness and vitality of its diversity. While the term ‘resilience’ is used in very many areas, in this context we may adopt the following definition:

“The ability of individuals, communities, organisations, or countries exposed to disasters and crises and underlying vulnerabilities to:

  • anticipate,
  • reduce the impact of,
  • cope with
  • and recover from the effects of adversity without compromising their long-term prospects.”

The pivotal concept in this definition, ability, is the “capacity or capability based on different human, psychological, social, financial, physical, natural or political assets. The resilience approach acknowledges that there is always capacity in people or communities. The objective of resilience strengthening is to increase this capacity to withstand the effects of adversity.”

The stakeholders in the present plan undertake to strengthen the resources of our Region as a whole to cope with emergencies, by interconnected measures at global and local levels with a view to fostering the conditions for living together and for the continuity of social, cultural and economic life.