Resilience, the future of sustainable territories

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Resilience” seems to have made a name for itself in French territories. It’s even become fashionable. For better or for worse: the concept provides a good perspective for addressing global change, but its aura of “novelty” and “transition”, essential for any project today, means that it is likely to be misused.

true territorial resilience occurs after an irreversible disruption and denotes a deep and long-term process of regeneration. This prerequisite is not incompatible with the situation we are in. Indeed, entering the Anthropocene responsibly means recognising that the planetary catastrophe caused by the modern development project is already here, with no way out, no way back; and that not only do we now have to adapt, but we have to take care of our environments and reinvent our territories and ways of life.

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