28 June 2019
10:00 Raiffa Room, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria
Some of these built on work with the Flood Resilience Alliance, a partnership of research, NGO and private sector institutions to build and promote flood resilience at scale.
Key ADO messages building on IIASA contributions were:
During the launch organized on the occasion of the ADO’s Central European launch, ADO lead expert, Benno Ferrarini, will present the report’s main findings on the state of resilience and development across Asia, followed by presentations from IIASA researchers that contributed working papers to the report. Reinhard Mechler and Stefan Hochrainer-Stigler will present key insights from their ADO working paper on the multiple dividends of investments in disaster resilience, including new insights on gauging and communicating these. Finn Laurien and Adriana Keating will add to the discussions with new evidence from measuring community flood resilience in Asia, drawing on IIASA’s work in the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance. Junko Mochizuki will discuss her joint research with John Handmer regarding factors enabling swift return to normality following disasters. Reinhard Mechler, Deputy Director of IIASA’s Risk and Resilience Program, will moderate the lecture and the subsequent discussion of the report’s key findings and implications.
Report: ADO 2019: Strengthening Disaster Resilience
The Asian Development Outlook is the Asian Development Bank’s annual regional analysis of economic and development issues in developing countries in Asia. In addition to forecasting the inflation and gross domestic product growth rates of countries throughout the region, the 2019 ADO identifies disaster risk from natural hazards as a growing threat to development and prosperity in Asia, stressing the need to strengthen disaster resilience.
Flood Resilience Alliance
The Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance, a multi-sector partnership focusing on finding practical ways to help communities strengthen their resilience to floods globally – and save lives was launched in 2013. In the first phase the program reached over 225,000 direct beneficiaries across 13 programs in nine countries. In the second five-year phase of the program launched in July 2018, Alliance members aim to increase the investment going into pre-event resilience building by USD 1 billion. This is done by building on evidence-based research, rolling out best-practice community programs that demonstrate the value of resilience-building; compiling best practices and success stories; and advocating for more investment in resilience with authorities and public and private funders. Knowledge is shared on an own flood resilience portal.
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Mechler, R. , McQuistan, C., McCallum, I., Liu, W. , Keating, A., Magnuszewski, P., Schinko, T. , Laurien, F., et al. (2018). Supporting Climate Risk Management at Scale. Insights from the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance Partnership Model Applied in Peru & Nepal. In: Loss and Damage from Climate Change. Eds. Mechler, R. , Bouwer, L., Schinko, T. , Surminski, S. & Linnerooth-Bayer, J., pp. 393-424 Cham, Switzerland: Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-72025-810.1007/978-3-319-72026-5_17.
Keating, A., Campbell, K., Szoenyi, M., McQuistan, C., Nash, D., & Burer, M. (2017). Development and testing of a community flood resilience measurement tool. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences Discussions 17 (1), 77-101. 10.5194/nhess-17-77-2017.
IIASA, & Zurich Insurance Company, (2015). Turning knowledge into action: processes and tools for increasing flood resilience. Zurich, RiskNexus, Switzerland
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