Data modelling and simulations offer huge potential for contributing to improvements in infrastructure resilience, and, related to our work on tools and approaches, we have sought to understand where city scale models fit in to changing resilience in practice, and what the gaps are between theory and practice. You can now read the report from the Resilience Shift round-table on city-scale modelling that took place at the end of 2019 in Berkeley, USA.
It’s very satisfying to see a number of Resilience Shift projects and activities, that began last year, producing a whole range of outputs this spring. This means that resilience practitioners will be able to take advantage of new resources designed specifically for them by grantees and partners.
For World Water Day the theme was ‘leaving no-one behind’ in the provision of safe water supplies. In urban areas, water resilience is particularly critical for all residents, and the Resilience Shift is proud to have supported, along with the Rockefeller Foundation, the collaborative development of the City Water Resilience Approach. Its suite of tools includes the OurWater governance tool developed by the Resilience Shift specifically to solve the problem of stakeholder collaboration and communication across a water catchment that covers many management and governance boundaries. The tool will be further developed this year but is now available in beta version, and the team is seeking cities who wish to register their interest in trialling the tool.
Eight cities were also involved in helping to develop the City Water Resilience Approach and fascinating to compare their individual water resilience challenges now published in a series of reports. Read Hull’s story on how collaboration is helping them to tackle a multitude of challenges in a city where over 90% of the city is below high-tide level.
Water resilience is also the subject of one of soon-to-be-launched Resilience Primers. By primer, we mean a simple business practice guide developed by practitioners for practitioners. We commissioned these last year from a range of grantees to shine the spotlight on best practice management of activities, and to give suggestions for actions that can incentivise all those in that industry to change their behaviour. We seek to shift resilience thinking and practice to be the norm across a sector and to quickly scale up practices that work.
The first primer out of the starting gate focuses on Potable Water, and has been developed with the team at Resilient Organisations. This sets a challenge to the water sector to learn from what others are doing successfully around the globe. More on this to come soon and we look forward to sharing and disseminating all our insights over the coming months.
In other news, what happens when the power goes off? This is so much more than ‘the lights going off’, a phrase used in the past for losing electricity supply. Society in many parts of the world depends so much on the ability of the electricity supply to continue to function. In March, the Resilience Shift supported a facilitated workshop, putting multi-sectoral resilience to the test using the EIS Council’s Earth Ex simulated disaster exercise. Two workshops explored how interdependencies work in practice. You can read about the exercise here, and we interviewed Toby Harris, the EIS Council’s UK Coordinator on his concerns about the resilience of our society to a major shock.
Here are the things that we liked this month:
- A new report from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute has considered ‘Preparing for the era of disasters’, that focuses on the increasing frequency of extreme events related to climate change and what this means for Australia.
- The Natural Resources Defence Council has produced the ‘High road infrastructure handbook’ that explores 10 steps that cities should take to accelerate the implementation of more and better infrastructure. It considers
- A recent paper, ‘Engineering meets institutions: an interdisciplinary approach to management of resilience’, whose authors include some of our grantees, discusses resilience management in the context of governance and infrastructure systems.
- An Observer Research Foundation Report on ‘Rating resilience: factoring climate resilience into infrastructure risk metrics’, proposes a framework for defining risk metrics to capture climate resilience in infrastructure assets.
We are now collating all the Things we like, including references and websites, on our website in a searchable resource for resilience practitioners. Please add your suggestions.