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Building better cities after Covid-19

29 May 20

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How do we build better cities after the coronavirus crisis? The World Bank’s Sameh Wahba joins Azeem Azhar to discuss how the World Bank partners with technologists to help cities on the frontline of the pandemic, and how the dynamism of urban density can be harnessed to build the livable and inclusive cities of the future.

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Future Earth Survey

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Future Earth has published a rapid foresight survey on Covid-19 exploring global risks and opportunities for recovery and transformation. With this survey, Future Earth, the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and Environment, and other partners seek to spark critical reflection on the challenges, but also the opportunities, that this global crisis presents, and to contribute to what will soon emerge as a global conversation on where we go from here. 

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Mapping of global and regional resilience initiatives

12 Mar 20

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The Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) has undertaken a mapping of global and regional
initiatives from funds, networks, alliances, partnerships, organisations to programmes and
projects that either have a focus on resilience or cover some aspect of resilience.

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Pathways Generator

21 Jan 20

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The Pathways Generator helps you explore policy pathways in an interactive way, for example, together with stakeholders. Pathways are sequences (or portfolios) of actions over time to achieve a set of pre-defined objectives under uncertain and changing future conditions.

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Resilience Study Scoping Report

31 Oct 19

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This scoping report presents the National Infrastructure Commission’s initial work on resilience. It suggests that more could be done to ensure the UK’s economic infrastructure is resilient, both now and in future. As well as the absence of a holistic view of resilience, it finds there are also a number of cross cutting resilience challenges which require significant changes to the current approach to address them.

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Disaster resilience – a challenged science

28 Dec 19

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The concept of resilience has become prominent and now dominates thinking about risk management, notably including environmental hazard management. This paper examines the diverse origins of resilience and its conceptual roots within the hazard and disaster management field and then questions whether or not resilience is simply a re-branding of the concept of mitigation which has previously been widely employed in the hazard and disaster management field.

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Resilience and Disaster Risk Management Learning Lab

30 Sep 19

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In partnership with the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the World Bank has, over the past decade, emerged as a global leader in assessing exposure to hazards and addressing disaster risks. Drawing on our accumulated experience and expertise, these virtually facilitated and self-paced courses are designed to enhance your knowledge as a resilience and disaster risk management professional.

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Sigma 5/2019: Indexing resilience

07 Sep 19

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Swiss Re and the London School of Economics have developed this primer for insurance markets and economies. Developing innovative insurance resilience indices for three core areas of risk: natural catstrophe, mortality and healthcare.

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The Business Case for Resilience

23 Jul 19

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In this paper, The business case for resilience, Arcadis explore this topic within the context of cities, industries, utilities and mobility, and ground the discussion in concrete examples of work that they have done.

The paper also examines the important topics of digital and financial resilience.

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Critical infrastructure interdependency analysis: Operationalising resilience strategies

23 Jul 19

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This paper proposes a critical infrastructure interdependency analysis framework and illustrates its application in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. This framework leverages system-level and asset-level infrastructure analyses to illustrate potential cascading and escalating failures, as well as to identify and prioritise potential resilience strategies. The Puerto Rico case study also elucidates the elements and required conditions to operationalise critical infrastructure interdependency analysis in all phases of risk and emergency management, and in the broader perspective of long-term adaptation planning and sustainable development.

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Strengthening new infrastructure assets: A cost-benefit analysis

03 Jul 19

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This paper explores the benefits and the costs of strengthening infrastructure assets to make them more resilient, reducing the repair costs and infrastructure disruptions caused by natural hazards. Strengthening infrastructure assets in low- and middle-income countries would increase investment needs in power, transport, and water and sanitation by between $11 billion and $65 billion a year, i.e. 3 percent of baseline infrastructure investment needs. The uncertainty pertaining to the costs and benefits of infrastructure resilience makes it difficult to provide a single estimate for the benefit-cost ratio of strengthening exposed infrastructure assets. To manage this uncertainty, this paper explores the benefit-cost ratio in 3,000 scenarios, combining uncertainties in all parameters of the analysis.

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Lifelines: The Resilient Infrastructure Opportunity

19 Jun 19

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From serving our most basic needs to enabling our most ambitious ventures in trade and technology, infrastructure services are essential for raising and maintaining people’s quality of life. Yet millions of people, especially in low- and middle-income countries, are facing the consequences of unreliable electricity grids, inadequate water and sanitation systems, and overstrained transport networks. Natural hazards magnify the challenges faced by these fragile systems. Building on a wide range of case studies, global empirical analyses, and modeling exercises, Lifelines lays out a framework for understanding infrastructure resilience—the ability of infrastructure systems to function and meet users’ needs during and after a natural shock—and it makes an economic case for building more resilient infrastructure. Lifelines concludes by identifying five obstacles to resilient infrastructure and offering concrete recommendations and specific actions that can be taken by governments, stakeholders, and the international community to improve the quality and resilience of these essential services, and thereby contribute to more resilient and prosperous societies.

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Infrastructure as a wicked complex process

03 Jul 19

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Changing complexity in the increasingly integrated human, natural, and built systems within which our infrastructures are designed and operated make it necessary to examine how the role of engineering requires new competencies for satisficing. Several long-term trends appear to be shifting our infrastructures further away from the complicated domain where optimization and efficiency were the core approaches, to the domain of complexity, where rapidly changing environments and fragmentation of goals require fundamentally new approaches.

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