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Global Food Security in the 21st Century: Resilience of the Food Supply

22 May 19

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Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for maintaining an active and healthy life. Given the growing risks associated with increased demands for natural resources, social transition, political instability, trade barriers, climate change, and economic inequality, building a resilient, secure global food system is essential. This article reviews current research in this area, critically summarizes the varied efforts that are underway, and candidly questions our ability to address evolving threats to agri-food supply chains.

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Proposed methodology for risk analysis of interdependent critical infrastructures to extreme weather events

22 May 19

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Growing scientific evidence suggests that risks due to failure of critical infrastructures (CIs) will increase worldwide, as the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events (EWEs) induced by climate change increases. Such risks are difficult to estimate due to the increasing complexity and interconnectedness of CIs and because information sharing regarding the vulnerabilities of the different CIs is limited. This paper proposes a methodology for risk analysis of systems of interdependent CIs to EWEs.

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Resilient Water Infrastructure: Improving Understanding and Assessing Needs

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The long-term goal of this research is to drive water utilities to become more resilient enterprises. A principal motivation is the need to maintain stakeholder confidence in utilities’ capacity to manage the substantive challenges they face (in the short-, mid- and long-term). In support of that overall aim, this project: (1) Helps establish a common definition for “resilient infrastructure” in the context of the water utility sector in the United States; (2) Identified existing resources, ongoing efforts, best practices, and potential partner agencies or organizations addressing infrastructure resilience in the water sector, in the United States and internationally; (3) Identified and prioritized a set of targeted research needs and objectives that, if addressed, will underpin the development of pragmatic tools and guidance for water utilities.

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2019 FM Global Resilience Index

22 May 19

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The resilience of a country’s business environment matters when you’re planning where to do business. Updated annually, the 2019 FM Global Resilience Index is the only tool that gives you the ability to compare risk in nearly 130 countries. This can help you evaluate regions, site business operations, select partners and make more informed strategic choices about your enterprise resilience.

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Exploring Resilience: A Scientific Journey from Practice to Theory

22 May 19

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Explores different approaches for operationalization of resilience across scientific disciplines and system levels. Creates a theoretical foundation for a resilience framework across scientific disciplines and system levels. Develops suggestions and inspiration for the research community and practitioners in high-risk industries. Presents chapters from leading international authors representing different research disciplines and practical fields.

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(Re)emphasizing Urban Infrastructure Resilience via Scoping Review and Content Analysis

26 Feb 19

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Although the importance of urban infrastructure resilience can be inferred, its terminology remains convoluted within the literature due to a lack of systematic review from a sustainable development planning perspective. This review paper was designed to elucidate connected research themes, scientific popularity, and conceptual boundaries of the term infrastructure resilience in an urban context.

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Planning for Resilience: New Paths for Managing Uncertainty

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Discusses a multidisciplinary framework focused on planning theory, sociological risk approach, and knowledge management. Outlines the resilience concept that is applied to the entire PPRR (prevision-prevention-response-recovery) chain. Offers an in-depth unpublished Italian case study on earthquakes and hydrogeological risks.

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Ready For Tomorrow: Seven Strategies For Climate-Resilient Infrastructure

19 Apr 19

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As the impacts of climate change are felt more forcefully around the globe, decision makers are asking, with increasing urgency, how they can make their communities and businesses more resilient. One obvious place to start is infrastructure. To address this, the Hoover Institution convened a yearlong collaboration with leading experts and practitioners in development banks, government agencies, universities, private firms, non-governmental organizations, and professional associations. It drew on diverse perspectives to the challenges of resilience, including physical and social science, engineering, policy, finance, and education.

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Australian electricity networks – a statement on national research priorities for natural hazards emergency management and resilience

16 May 19

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In August 2018, electricity network service providers from around Australia participated in a workshop hosted by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC to consider the most significant natural hazard emergency management issues they are facing over the next ten years. This publication on Australian electricity networks summarises the outcome of the workshop and poses questions as a guide for a national research agenda and outlines priorities for knowledge gaps to be filled.

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Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis

22 May 19

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Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA) provides stepwise planning guidance for water resources planners, managers, and engineers to implement robust water management as promoted by the AGWA network — particularly for water managers working in the developing world. CRIDA is specifically designed to support the implementation of effective decisions under conditions of deep uncertainty. The scope is for practitioners working on site specific problem solving, such as water shortages and drought at a specific geographical locations in developing and highly vulnerable regions of the world.

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Rating Resilience: Factoring Climate Resilience into Infrastructure Risk Metrics

26 Mar 19

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This paper proposes a framework for defining risk metrics to capture climate resilience in infrastructure assets. It first outlines the risks that infrastructure is exposed to under a future of climate change, before summarising some of the current approaches used by large investment organisations to measure the resilience of this infrastructure. Finally, the paper proposes a method to develop a framework for risk metrics that build on these approaches.

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The Resilience Work of Institutions

01 Jul 19

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This paper recognised that an understanding of infrastructure resilience requires an understanding of the work that institutions do to produce infrastructure change. It divides the resilience work of institutions into three types: operational, regulatory, and constitutional. A proposed framework that incorporates the types of resilience work done by institutions, scales, objectives, and uncertainties is presented.

 

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Resilience-Based Performance: Next Generation Guidelines for Buildings and Lifeline Standards

23 Apr 19

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This book focuses on the enhancements that are needed in the design and construction of buildings and lifeline systems to support a community’s social stability, economic vitality, and environmental sustainability. It provides the basis of a new approach that will be of interest to engineers, economists, planners, and government officials.

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Good Governance for Critical Infrastructure Resilience

17 Apr 19

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Based on an international survey, this OECD report analyses the progressive shift of critical infrastructure policies from asset protection to system resilience. The findings are reflected in a proposed Policy Toolkit for the Governance of Critical Infrastructure Resilience, which can guide governments in taking a more coherent, preventive approach to protecting and sustaining essential services.

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Sustainability and resilience for transformation in the urban century

23 Apr 19

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This perspective paper explores how many sustainability goals contrast, or even challenge efforts to improve resilience. The authors propose a new framework that resolves current contradictions and tensions, which will significantly help urban policy and implementation processes in addressing new challenges and contributing to global sustainability in the urban century.

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What Are the Best Infrastructure Investments to Make? Is It Based on Economics, or Resilience, or Both?

01 Apr 18

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David Singleton, Chairman of the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) considers how the launch of v2.0 of its Rating Scheme will provide input into how we should best plan, design and operate infrastructure, and look beyond purely the economic value of projects.

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Integrating modern technology across projects in Cambodia

13 Feb 18

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For People in Need (PIN) in Cambodia, technology is an essential tool for building resilience. Through the use of innovative and accessible technologies, we prioritise effectiveness and efficiency, optimise resources and increase the impact, reach and pace of our development interventions.

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