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National Academy of Sciences Studies Community Resilience

SONY DSCBy Marc Kodack

Dozens of systems, indicators, indices, measures, or frameworks, exist to assess community resilience, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s community resilience indicator. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, released a report  late last year in which it evaluated many of these existing efforts to understand how resilience was being measured. The goal was to use this research to help communities evaluate their resilience efforts and how progress can be determined. Four recommendations are made to assist communities in their resilience efforts including (1) engage all community members and organizations in resilience goals, priorities, leadership, and measurement; (2) Measure resilience across multiple dimensions, e.g., usefulness to decision making, natural/built environment; (3) Track progress using the community selected measures; and (4) convince participants to support resilience because investments they decide to make have multiple, community benefits. The Gulf of Mexico region is used as a specific example with its own recommended actions that should be implemented. (more…)

New Topic Guide: Conflict, Climate and Environment

Bushfire_AustraliaEvidence on Demand has created a new topic guide, “Conflict, Climate and Environment,” by Katie Peters and Janani Vivekananda. Below is an overview of the guide and a list of the key messages. The guide provides an extensive overview of climate and conflict linkages, including knowledge gaps and suggestions for effective and sensitive policy-making. A PDF of the guide can be found on the Evidence on Demand website and is well worth a read.  (more…)

Disaster Resilience, Conflict Prevention and Finance for Emergency Preparedness

Pakistan_Disaster_ReliefThe UK’s Overseas Development Institute (ODI), a leading think tank on international development and humanitarian issues, recently released two studies that make valuable contributions to the broader climate and security dialogue. (more…)

A Moment of Democratic Resilience: Climate and the Elections

It’s election day in the United States, so we’ll be brief. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, we have seen great tragedy, but also hope for the resilience of American democracy in the face of climatic changes, and devastated infrastructure. One such example involves the process of voting. In New Jersey, the U.S. military will be providing mobile polling places in the form of military vehicles for those who will have difficulty getting to the polls. Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey has also announced that voters will be able to either email or fax their votes in, offering up another channel for people to exercise their right. But it is yet to be seen how many people are kept from voting because of the storm, and how well these emergency systems work in terms of keeping that number low. Watch this space for more later.

Dr. Nancy Brune on Global Trends 2030

Though we’re a little late on this, the National Intelligence Council’s blog “Global Trends 2030” posted an interesting piece by CNAS senior fellow Dr. Nancy Brune titled “Urbanization, Security and Resiliency.” Among other topics, Dr. Brune discussed the role of climate change and other environmental stresses in driving rural-urban migration, and what that means for security: (more…)

Climate and Security Conferences: Fall/Winter 2012

There are some interesting conferences on the horizon investigating the risks of climate change.  Many of these are either streaming the conference live or will post conference videos and materials at a later date, so even if you are not able to attend in person, you can check them out. We will update this list as we come across others. (more…)