SP 9.2 Building flood resilience: an innovative partnership integrating science and practice

Wednesday 11 May, 08.45 – 10.30, Zaal Staal

Climate change and associated disasters have transformative impacts on development. While the importance of building adaptive capacity and resilience is increasingly recognized, relevant knowledge is highly fragmented; there is a need for more holistic and cost-effective strategies that truly engage with stakeholders’ needs. This session aims to fill this gap by exploring an innovative cross-sector partnership, the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance. It will demonstrate how diverse organisations work together to operationalize resilience theories and concepts to reduce flood risk in communities and support them to build back better. After three presentations practitioners and scientists will be invited to contribute their experiences and findings in a world café setting.

Organised by Wei Liu, Reinhard Mechler, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria
Colin McQuistan, Practical Action, United Kingdom
Linda Freiner, Zurich Insurance Group, Switzerland
Partner International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Switzerland
Chair Colin Mcquistan, Practical Action, United Kingdom
Rapporteur Adriana Keating, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria
Presentations

Measuring the impact of investment in community flood resilience: a systems approach to diagnose and assess community flood resilience in Peru
Adriana Keating, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria
Michael Szoenyi, Zurich Insurance Group, Switzerland
Meinrad Burer, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Switzerland
Reinhard Mechler, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria

Empowering local communities to participate, innovate and develop new approaches to build flood resilience
Colin Mcquistan, Practical Action, United Kingdom

Harnessing the power of citizen science to enhance climate and disaster resilience
Wei Liu, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria

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