Smart mature resilience

Pyrko, Igor and Howick, Susan and Eden, Colin (2017) Smart mature resilience. In: 3rd European Climate Change Adaptation Conference, 2017-06-05 - 2017-06-09.

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Abstract

The 21st Century has been termed “the century of disasters” (Jan Egeland, former United Nations Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, February 2011). Worldwide there were twice as many disasters and catastrophes in the first decade of this century as in the last decade of the 20th Century. Europe is no exception: our continent is affected directly and indirectly. And the trend continues, fuelled by climate change and social dynamics. As Europe’s cities continue to grow, there is an urgent need for far-reaching and holistic approaches to enhance cities’ capacity to resist, absorb, accommodate and recover from the potentially critical effects of hazards. Supporting and building on the nexus of key resilient cities across Europe can create a strong backbone for all of Europe’s cities to support one another in overcoming the challenges arising from risks ahead. Smart Mature Resilience is a multi-disciplinary research project working for more resilient cities in Europe and is funded by the EU Commission. Smart Mature Resilience cities work closely together with research partners to develop and validate tools through pilot activities encompassing critical infrastructure security, climate change and social dynamics. The project consortium includes 13 partners from 9 different countries. These tools will enhance cities’ capacity to resist, absorb and recover from different types of acute shocks and chronic stresses. The tools include the Maturity Model, the Risk Systemicity Questionnaire, the Resilience Engagement and Communication Tool, a System Dynamics simulation Model, and a Portfolio of Resilience Building Policies, and these five tools will form a new Resilience Management Guideline. Significance of your presentation to adaptation practice, policy and/or business? Smart Mature Resilience is a large European project which brings together researchers and city representatives in the process of co-creation of five city resilience tools which will form a new Resilience Management Guideline. These tools are expected to inform the everyday practice in cities with respect to developing city resilience. The contribution of the SMR project, through its focus on practical policy suggestions, will also inform policy making in cites. Finally, the SMR tools are expected to serve as a resource for new business models and to find their application in consultancy and knowledge exchange.