In response to a lack of empirically verified measurements for disaster resilience the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance set out in 2013 to develop such a framework for measuring community flood resilience. We’re now evolving our approach to allow the measuring of resilience to other hazards while staying true to the benefits of specific resilience measurement.
After a night of torrential rain resulting from Tropical Cyclone Seroja, Dili the capital city of Timor Leste woke up on Easter Sunday to severe floods causing extensive damage to homes, business, and infrastructure. In the worst impacted areas, the water level rose above two metres, swept away homes and as a result at least […]
In the face of flooding, we’re all at risk, but marginalized communities are disproportionately affected. As Houston has learned after recurring disasters, floods don’t discriminate, but recovery does. To build long-term, effective resilience, the most impacted communities must be central to decision-making processes. Enter: the Harris County Flood Control District’s Community Flood Resilience Task Force.
Nature-based solutions are key to advancing climate adaptation. These are approaches that work with nature, not against it – from restoring wetlands, which can protect against storms, to conserving forests that stabilize soil and slow water runoff. Mangrove forests, for example, save an estimated $80 billion per year in avoided losses from coastal flooding globally, […]
Heavy groundwater extraction, compounded by worsening floods as the climate warms, raises the prospect of lost land and forced relocation